Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center
About Círculo de Vida
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In the field of cancer,
many of the inroads to increasing language-specific psychosocial
support in the San Francisco Bay Area can be directly attributed to Círculo de Vida Cancer
Support and Resource Center. Founded in 1992, Círculo de Vida is the first successful Spanish-language
support group program in the greater Bay Area and has since been a model for groups in five Bay Area cities.
Founded on the principles of familismo (the importance of the family unit)
and personalismo (the importance of warm interpersonal relationships)
Círculo de Vida provides an invaluable and unparalleled service to Latinos
living with cancer and their loved ones - most of them immigrants, low-income,
and without health insurance - as they navigate a frightening illness and an increasingly complex medical system.
Círculo's experienced staff help translate for the patient and physician at
the time of diagnosis, offer in-hospital and in-home support during surgery and treatment,
provide a wide range of Spanish-language support groups for the patients and their children,
as well as case management, resource referrals and in-home support for the terminally ill.