Ocular Oncology Clinic
The UCSF Ocular Oncology Clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of eye tumors, from the most common to the rare and complex. Many of our patients have benign (noncancerous) ocular tumors, such as a cyst or mole. Others have malignant (cancerous) tumors, most commonly intraocular melanoma and retinoblastoma, or secondary ocular cancer, which is cancer that started elsewhere in the body and has spread to the eye. The tools and expertise required for diagnosing and treating benign and malignant eye tumors are often the same.
Our team includes ocular oncologists, general oncologists, ophthalmologists, radiologists, geneticists and other specialists.
We are one of the only centers on the West Coast offering proton beam radiotherapy, which is the gold standard treatment for intraocular melanomas. The UCSF Ocular Melanoma Proton Radiation Program is one of the longest-standing programs of its kind in the nation. Since 1978, we have treated more than 1,500 ocular melanoma patients with proton therapy. Our experts are also at the forefront of research on ocular melanoma and proton therapy.
Doctor referral required
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Ranked No. 12 in the nation for cancer care
Ranked No. 9 in the nation for ophthalmology
Art for Recovery
Creativity can help people with serious illnesses cope, heal and express what they're going through. Find out about our program and how to join.
Cancer Exercise Counseling
Our one-on-one exercise training sessions, customized for your needs and abilities, can complement other cancer treatments and speed your recovery.
Cancer Resource Center
You'll find support groups, classes, a library, treatment information, special events and much more to promote wellness and healing for patients and families.
Cancer Support Groups
Support groups held by the Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center are free and available to all patients, whether or not you get your health care at UCSF.
Core and More Class
A strong body helps you fight cancer and enjoy life. Join this class to stabilize your core, strengthen your muscles and improve overall fitness. For cancer patients and caregivers!
Friend to Friend Gift Shop
A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.
Healing Through Dance Class
Use movement, expression, imagery and creativity to enhance your own healing. Open to all cancer patients (including non-UCSF) and their caregivers.
Meditation and Guided Imagery for Cancer Patients
Drop in for a free class designed to help you heal, relax and find balance during your treatment. UCSF and non-UCSF patients are welcome.
Oncology Social Work
Social workers can be key members of your cancer care team. Reach out for support, problem solving and help accessing UCSF's many cancer-related resources.
Peer Support Program for Cancer
Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, cancer stage, age or gender. Speak to someone who's "been there."
The Psycho-Oncology program offers emotional and supportive care to patients of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and their families.
Restorative Movement Class
Explore simple movements that help you feel more powerful and comfortable in your body. This fun and free UCSF class is aimed at those in recovery from cancer.
Pamper yourself while fighting cancer. Free treatments for patients receiving chemotherapy at our Mount Zion campus include massage, acupressure and more.
Plan your visit
If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
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What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
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Our research initiatives
UCSF Department of Ophthalmology Research
The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology are dedicated to uncovering the causes and mechanisms of eye diseases, with the goals of fighting vision loss and restoring sight.