Our vision embraces a commitment to social justice and equity, through increased access
to care.



Our Mission and History

Our Partners



Our Mission: To protect and sustain high quality, comprehensive, compassionate, linguistically and culturally sensitive breast and other cancer care - by ensuring that the safety net of cancer care is available
to all women who receive the comprehensive spectrum of services of San Francisco General Hospital, other safety-net providers and community partners.


Our History: The San Francisco Women's Cancer Network is a group of organizations working toward a common goal - the preservation of vital safety-net programs, leading to the provision of a continuum of high quality, comprehensive, compassionate care for women with cancer.

What are safety-net programs? Medical and support services, provided regardless of a person’s or ability to pay, by:Government funded health centers; Free clinics; Public health departments; Nonprofit agencies; Public hospitals; and Other health practitioners.

Women at risk of being undertreated for cancer include women who are older, from minority groups, or lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and those without health insurance or insured by Medicaid. These are the same women who may experience difficulty obtaining access to medical care once they are diagnosed with cancer.

Our PartnersCancer resources



American Cancer Society of San Francisco - The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.



Avon Comprehensive Breast Center - Since its inception in 2004, the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center has provided over 34,000 breast screenings and more than 2,000 breast health procedures. Diagnostic procedures include digital mammography, ultrasound-guided biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, localization procedures, as well as clinical, health education and case coordination services.



Bayview Hunters Point Health and Environmental Resource Center - Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of residents in low-income communities and to improve the environment where residents live and work.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Services
San Francisco Department of Public Health

Breast and Cervical Cancer Services, San Francisco Dept of Public Health - is a public health intervention designed to expand services to underserved populations of women; to coordinate breast and cervical cancer screening services within the San Francisco public health system; and to collaborate with other existing programs providing breast and cervical cancer screening, education and advocacy services.



Founded in 1990, Breast Cancer Action was started by women in a San Francisco breast cancer support group who were frustrated by the lack of knowledge about their disease. Led by the late Elenore Pred, they created an organization that would help transform breast cancer from a private medical crisis to a public health emergency.



Breast Cancer Emergency Fund responds quickly and compassionately to provide emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties who are in active treatment for breast cancer, in order to cover basic human needs, lessen financial burdens, and improve quality of life.




California Health Collaborative - We change lives by improving health and wellness. Guided by this mission, the Collaborative is committed to empowering Californians to achieve optimal health and thereby improving their quality of life. This is accomplished by serving the needs of individuals with limited access to healthcare resources and who most often confront barriers related to culture, language, immigration status, income, gender, geography, and/or education.



The CARE (Cancer Awareness Resources and Education) program was initiated, with generous support from the San Francisco Foundation in October of 2002 to provide education and psychosocial support to cancer patients who receive their medical care at San Francisco General Hospital


The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic is a state licenced health clinic providing free complementary alternative medical treatments to low income women with cancer.

Chinise Public Health Clinic San Francisco Department of Public Health


The Chinese Public Health Clinic provides a range of service including the Guide to Breast Cancer Resources the first breast cancer resource guide available in Chinese for monolingual and/or limited English-speaking people with cancer.


Círculo de Vida's mission is to walk alongside Latinos living with cancer and their families as they find their way through the fear, confusion, and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis. We aim to reduce the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis by helping Latinos identify coping skills that will support their ability to meet the challenge of a frightening disease.

San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women is a commission of the City and County of San Francisco whose purpose is to ensure women and girls equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities throughout the city. 


Glide Health Services operates a community clinic that provides care and treatment to more than 3,000 homeless, indigent and low income people every year, and has received local and national recognition for its work. In partnership with Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, and UCSF School of Nursing, the ten year old practice provides holistic client-centered care.

Margie Cherry Breast Health Center

The Margie Cherry Breast Health Center was created to educate, inform, and encourage women to be more aware of breast cancer. Its goal is to teach knowledge and early detection and to assist survivors in learning how to celebrate life.


The Latina Breast Cancer Agency is a dynamic, community-based organization that works to address the unique breast health needs of Latinas. The women served by LBCA are mostly low-income immigrant, monolingual Spanish speaking women.  Many of them are uninsured or have little insurance.  All women served by LBCA reside in San Francisco and San Mateo County.


is an independent healthcare consulting organization dedicated to improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and integrity of healthcare. We provide brighter insights for better healthcare to public and private organizations across the country and around the world.

Pilipino Senior Resource Center
The Pilipino Senior Resource Center provides support groups for seniors, and breast cancer survivors. Services also include case management, referrals for housing and medical care, and they offer translation services that range from explaining forms written in English to interpreting during doctors’ visits.

Since 1985, Project Open Hand has been providing “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County and has served as a model for over 100 organizations all over the world.


San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising private funds to support patient care and comfort at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has raised more than $40 million, helping to directly impact nearly 100,000 patients each year.

San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center


Shanti LifeLines Breast Cancer Program offers practical assistance and emotion support women and men with breast cancer in San Francisco. LifeLines offers a wide range of individualized support services that include case management, care advocacy, translation services, grocery funds, transportation to and from medical appointments, education and wellness activities, survivorship programming, and assistance with applying for emergency funding and meal assistance from our collaborative partners. All of our services are offered in Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, Spanish and English.



Sisters Network San Francisco Chapter is an affiliate of chapter of Sister's Network, Inc. which is the leading voice and only African American breast cancer survivor organization in the country.

The Center for Gender Equity provides advocacy, education and support services to both women and men of UCSF and the greater San Francisco community, in the interest of sustaining an inclusive and equitable campus community and addressing persistent inequities in society at large.

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center combines basic science, clinical research, epidemiology/cancer control, and patient care throughout the University of California, San Francisco.

Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project