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Our Mission & Vision
Our Mission: To ensure full access to timely, appropriate cancer care for low-income, medically, and socially underserved women with cancer.
Our Vision: To protect and sustain high quality, comprehensive cancer care for all women receiving treatment and services within the safety net at (Zuckerberg SFGH, other hospitals and clinics, and community-based organizations). This vision can only be accomplished when all treatment and services are delivered with compassion as well as with linguistic and cultural sensitivity.
SFWCN facilitates close collaboration between health care providers/case managers in the San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco General Hospital and community-based organizations assisting women in accessing practical support services.
Currently, SFWCN is also serving in an advisory capacity as the Cancer Advisory Committee to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, regarding crucial safety-net services.
Board President, Judith Luce, MD is a founding member of the San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network. She shares her views on why the Network was founded and why it is still relevant today.
Our Network Members
Bay Area Cancer Connections
Bay Area Cancer Connections supports anyone affected by breast or ovarian cancer with personalized services that inform and empower. Their community network is backed by some of the most prestigious and trusted medical organizations in the Bay Area who assist in serving those most in need of services.
Circulo de Vida
In the field of cancer, many of the inroads to increasing language-specific psychosocial support in the SF Bay Area is directly attributed to Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center. Founded in 1992, we are the first successful Spanish-language support group program in the greater Bay Area.
Pilipino Senior Resource Center
The 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.
Shanti’s Margot Murphy Women’s Cancer Program offers services to mitigate the barriers women face after a cancer diagnosis through practical assistance and emotional support augmenting hospital-based care and reducing the social, economic, linguistic, and cultural barriers.
Theseondopinion provides free multidisciplinary, comprehensive second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with new or recurrent cancers. Their goal is to ensure that every cancer patient has access to a second opinion and is empowered to make informed medical decisions. Since 1969, the organization has served more than 10,000 patients throughout California.
We are a community-centered organization, located in San Francisco. Our goal and mission are to connect women to high quality, compassionate, linguistically and culturally appropriate cancer care and services.
Capacity Building to Network Organizations
We help to strengthen organizations to better connect women to comprehensive cancer services. We provide resources, training, and technical assistance to our Network member organizations to best meet the needs of women with cancer.
As a network, we connect and partner with community cancer support groups, healthcare clinics, hospitals, community based organizations, public health departments, academic and research institutions.
Our ongoing and regular communications with Network members, allow us to work together to reduce inequities in cancer services, facilitate appropriate cancer care, provide connections to behavioral health services, and cancer support resources to women in San Francisco. We look forward to collaborating on programmatic issues, research, and advocacy with our SFWCN members.
SFWCN Board of Directors
Judith Luce, MD
President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network.
Priscilla J. Banks
Priscilla J. Banks, Treasurer and a founding member of the San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network.
Linda Wardlaw, DrPH, is Secretary of the San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network.
Cecilia A. Thomas
Michelle Loya-Talamantes, MPH, is the Recording Secretary of the San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Fè founded and was executive director of the Latina Breast Cancer Agency (LBCA). She formed LBCA in 2002 in response to the growing need for breast cancer awareness programs for underserved Latinas living in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this time, she developed a successful patient-centered navigator program that works within the healthcare setting. The program was designed to improve access to the full continuum of high-quality breast cancer care for low-income, uninsured women, including immigrant, elderly and undocumented women. Olivia Fè is also a 20-year breast cancer survivor.