Shanti Project

Shanti's Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program (MMWCP)

Shanti's Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program offers services to mitigate the barriers women face after a cancer diagnosis. Our care navigators provide multilingual, culturally competent services, offering patient advocacy, language interpretation, help applying for social services, in-home support, appointment accompaniment, and transportation assistance. Our staff meets with clients in their homes, hospital rooms, or in our office. Shanti also provides health and wellness groups and classes.

We work with anyone newly diagnosed, in survivorship, or in palliative care.

Our program is part of a larger breast cancer community, partnering with public and private hospitals in San Francisco, and working closely with social workers, medical providers, and community partners to encourage treatment adherence to reduce interruptions in care.

History of MMWCP

Building on the successes of our HIV/AIDS program and responding to changing community needs, in 2001 we established the Breast Cancer Program to mitigate factors that lead to the disproportionate rates of breast cancer mortality among vulnerable San Francisco populations.

We were honored that a private donor, Michael Murphy, made a multi-year grant to the program in memory of his wife, Margot Murphy. To commemorate this generous contribution, the program was officially renamed Shanti's Margot Murphy Breast Cancer Program in November 2013.

In August 2014, we expanded our services to women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers, and in November 2015, we began enrolling women with any type of cancer. To reflect our expansion of services, the program was officially renamed Shanti's Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program.

Client Services

All of our services are free of charge and confidential. We can meet you at your home, at our office, or wherever you feel most comfortable. Staff is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, Spanish and English. However, we provide services to speakers of all languages. Please contact 415-674-4770 for more information.

Los servicios de nuestras Navegadoras de Apoyo se ofrecen en forma gratuita y confidencial. Nuestras Navegadoras de Apoyo pueden reunirse con usted en su casa, en las oficinas de Shanti o en un lugar donde usted se sienta comfortable. Para mas información, llamenos al 415-674-4770.

Shanti's Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program Community Partners

American Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer Society
A national health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. For patients and their families, the agency provides practical help, information and emotional support.

Breast Cancer Emergency FundThe Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund provides cash grants to people living with the disabling affects of breast cancer. The grants cover housing, utility, and medical expenses.

Breast Cancer FundBreast Cancer Fund
The Breast Cancer Fund advocates for stronger environmental health policies and other preventable causes of the disease.

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary ClinicCharlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic
This state-licensed health clinic provides free complementary treatments to low-income women with cancer, including acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, therapeutic imagery.

California Pacific Medical CenterCalifornia Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Breast Health Center
The Center provides breast diagnostic and support services, including screening, breast ultrasound, image guided biopsy procedures, and breast health education.

Cancer Detection Public HealthCancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts
The Program aims to reduce death from breast and cervical cancer among low-income women throughout California by providing access to screening and diagnostic services.

Chinatown Public Health Center
A part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health that provides comprehensive primary care services to all ages with a focus on the Chinese community.

Latina Breast Cancer Agency
The Agency conducts outreach to Latinas, provides access to free screening and treatment, as well as provides emotional support.

Project Open HandProject Open Hand
The Program provides food to improve the quality of life for homebound and critically ill people, including those with breast cancer.

SF Cancer InitiativeSan Francisco Cancer Initiative
The San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN) is a collaborative effort to reduce cancer in San Francisco by engaging health care systems, government, community leaders, and residents.

San Francisco Department of Public Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
A public health program designed to expand services to underserved women through the coordination of breast and cervical cancer services in San Francisco.

UCSF Mount Zion Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
The multidisciplinary Center is designed to meet the needs of patients with breast problems, breast cancer, or general concerns about breast health.

Women's Cancer Resource Center
The Resource Center empowers women with cancer to be active and informed consumers and survivors through a referral helpline, library, educational forums, and peer support groups.

Current Funders

We are very grateful for our program's funders:

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • California Breast Cancer Research Program
  • Genentech Foundation
  • Love From Margot Foundation
  • AVON Foundation for Women
  • Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Community Benefit Program
  • Komen SF Bay Area
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Safeway Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Pfizer
  • Friends of Faith
  • To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Isabel Allende Foundation
  • Beats4Boobs

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