Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer
SVAC is an initiative offering one-on-one support and advocacy for individual Latinos and farm workers with cancer in the Salinas Valley agricultural region of Monterey County, California.  This includes such efforts as help with medical access, with financial resources including insurance, guidance regarding Medi-Cal, overcoming logistics (transportation, child care, etc.), encouragement to finish initial treatment, help with obstacles (language, cultural, etc.), and help with follow-up after initial treatment.


Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer Care Equity
Cancer Patients Alliance was a 2021 recipient of a 3-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award to further our work with the Latinx community, immigrants and farm workers with cancer in the Salinas Valley. The aims of this initiative are to give voice to the underserved with cancer in Monterey County, California – with an aim to help effect policy change that will ensure that all residents have access to at least adequate and decent treatment and care for cancer.


Cancer Patients Alliance (CPA) is a key community partner in the Addressing Latinx Cancer Care Equity (ALCANCE) initiative as a joint Stanford University – Monterey County, California project to provide access to the emerging DNA technologies – with cultural translation – to Latinos with or at risk for cancer – as funded by the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine. As such, CPA works closely with Stanford, the Pacific Cancer Care oncology practice and the FQHC clinic network Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas in cancer genetic screening, cancer education & prevention, and both culturally appropriate support and tumor testing.


Get Out the Vaccine for Covid 19
In 2021 Cancer Patients Alliance was selected by the California GOTV medical academic consortium as led by UCLA – to conduct the “Get Out the Vaccine to Stop Covid-19” initiative for low-income populations in Monterey County, California. This has included house-to-house canvassing of residents to answer their questions about the vaccination process, make appointments for them and help with logistics; telephone and text reminders in select ZIP codes; and accessing special events.
The aim of Cancer Patients Alliance for Clinical Trials & Survivorship ( initiative is to serve as a training tool and ongoing support initiative for those navigators who work with us in supporting Latinos and the medically underserved with cancer.
The purpose of this site is to act as a worldwide gathering point on the Internet for the latest news and disinterested information in regard to clinical trials and other responsible medical care in the treatment of primarily ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Additionally, our aim is to present impartial knowledge about pancreatic cancer where interested parties can sort through a large amount of information efficiently in order to give a sense of the range of existing treatment options, to aid patient/doctor partnerships, and thus to help optimize personal treatment strategies.
Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas (islet cell tumors) are much less common than tumors arising from the exocrine pancreas. Reports indicate that there are about two to three thousand cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year – although autopsy indicates that there may be a much higher incidence than are diagnosed. This NET resource maintains current information about the diagnosis and treatment for neuroendocrine tumors.

The mission of the 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit organization (Tax ID 77-0569948) Cancer Patients Alliance (“CPA”) is focused on improving health outcomes for cancer patients through cancer education, addressing health disparities and enabling cancer patients and their families to become active partners in their medical care.

Why Choose Cancer Patients Alliance?

“This charity is focused on directly supporting the kind of research I want to support. Research to diagnosis pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage. They have also helped my family find a genetics center for screening” 

Cancer Patients Alliance’s websites have been an amazing resource for my family. The medical literature references display an impressive concentration of information on published scientific articles. I will continue to support and volunteer with this great charity and cause.


“We ran a 5K in honor of our grandmother June, Cancer Patients Alliance gave us great resources, information, and encouragement” 



Recently, a seasoned specialist told us that we had the highest social good to donation ratio that they had ever seen in any non-profit. We put all donations to serious use toward the mission of fighting pancreatic cancer. Less than 8% of donated funds are used for management expenses.

Since 2001

CPA was founded in 2001 in Monterey County, California by physicians and community members alarmed at the lack of sufficient, reliable information to enable cancer patients to be partners in their medical care. CPA’s experience is in initiating innovative, community approaches that build on creating collaborations with organizations and health providers and engaging the community to address diversity in cancer care for Salinas Valley’s underserved.

Cancer Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible.