Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center
Programs > Clinical Program
"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I felt awful, anxious. I wanted to
meet other women who had lived or were living through the same thing.
I wanted to know their experiences, and at the same time, I wanted
them to tell me how they got through difficult moments." - Maria Rios
Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center’s clinical model
is based on a culturally competent cognitive behavioral approach infused
with values reflective of Latinos, such as familismo (the importance of the family unit),
personalismo (the importance of warm, interpersonal relationships), and one-to-one
relationship building to develop confianza (trust). The approach involves mental
and behavioral techniques that improve Latinos’ self-efficacy, optimistic outlook,
perceptions of social support, and adaptive coping strategies.
Program goals are to improve the quality of life for Latinos with cancer
and their families; assist Latinos and their families in developing coping
skills that will serve them through the various stages of their illness;
assist newly diagnosed Latinos with understanding the specificity of their
diagnosis, assist terminally ill mothers to make adequate preparations for
their children following their death; and assist Latinos in becoming more active participants in their health care.