The UCSF Sarcoma Program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for sarcomas, rare cancers that begin in a bone or soft tissue in various regions of the body. Soft tissue sarcomas may develop in fat, muscle, blood vessels, tendons or nerves. Researchers have identified many different sarcomas, which require specialized treatment depending on the type, location and other factors.
In addition to radiologists and pathologists, our dedicated team includes subspecialists from thoracic oncology, orthopedic surgical oncology, gastrointestinal surgical oncology, head and neck surgical oncology and pediatric oncology. Our experts are skilled at using the most accurate diagnostic tools; cutting-edge surgical techniques, including surgical reconstruction; and promising new medical therapies. Precise, customized treatments are facilitated by genomic sequencing, advanced forms of chemotherapy, and biological and molecular targeting.
Our deep expertise covers the wide range of sarcomas, the most common of which are listed below (see "conditions we treat"). Use our find a doctor tool to search for a provider experienced in treating the type of sarcoma you have.
As part of our commitment to outstanding medical care, our research laboratory is working to develop innovative treatments for sarcoma. Patients may have an opportunity to join one of UCSF's ongoing clinical trials.
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MD, FACSGastrointestinal cancer surgeon
MD, FACSSurgical oncologist
MD, PhDGastrointestinal cancer surgeon
Richard J. O'Donnell
MDSarcoma medical oncologist
MDSarcoma medical oncologist
MD, PhDThoracic medical oncologist
Melissa N. Zimel
NP, MSNNurse practitioner
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in Northern California in cancer care
Accreditations & memberships
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute has designated UCSF a comprehensive cancer center, its highest ranking. This designation is awarded to centers that demonstrate scientific excellence and the ability to conduct cancer research across many disciplines.
Commission on Cancer
UCSF's cancer programs have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1933. The CoC is a consortium of groups dedicated to improving cancer patients' survival and quality of life via research, education and better medical care.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
UCSF is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s top cancer centers. The network brings together leaders in treatment and research to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care.
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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