Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center
Programs > Research Program
Over the past 10 years, Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center (CDV)
has been a community research partner with the University of California, San Francisco.
The goal of this collaboration has been to increase community capacity to provide evidence-based cancer
psychosocial health services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for Spanish-speaking Latinos.
During the past five years, the research partners completed two research studies, produced two scientific
publications, published a technical assistance manual for community-based organizations on peer support
programs for Latinas with breast cancer, evaluated CDV’s services, and trained a cadre of Latina cancer
survivors as peer support counselors.
Research support provided by National Cancer Institute grant number U01-CA86117 and
California Breast Cancer Research Program of the University of California grant
numbers 11AB-1600, 15BB-1300, and 15BB-1301.
1. Nápoles-Springer AM, Ortiz C, O’Brien H, Diaz-Mendez M, Pérez-Stable EJ. Use of cancer support
groups among Latina breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2007; 1:193-204.
2. Nápoles-Springer AM, Ortiz C, O’Brien H, Diaz-Mendez M.
Developing a culturally competent peer support intervention for Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer.
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2009; 11(4):268-280.
3. Nápoles AM, Ortiz C, O’Brien H, Sereno A, Kaplan C.
Coping Resources and Self-Rated Health among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors.
Oncol Nurs Forum,
2011 Sep; 38(5):523-31.