Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer
SVAC is an initiative involving alliance with the members of the local Monterey County community to better insure adequate cancer treatment and care for Latinos, farm workers, immigrants, and generally the underserved. This includes help with medical access, help toward resources that provide for treatment expenses, help with finishing initial treatment, help with overcoming logistics (transportation, child care, etc.), help with obstacles (language, cultural, etc.), and help with follow-up after initial treatment.
The purpose of this site is to serve 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 pancreatic cancer. 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.
The Pancreatica Walks and Runs initiative is our fundraising program where participants pledge to raise money by walking or running in one of our suggested nationwide events, or any event of choice.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer while doing something remarkable, contributing to a good cause, being an example for others to be inspired to action.
Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas (islet cell tumors) are much less common than tumors arising from the exocrine pancreas. Reports often 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 higher incidence of these islet cell tumors than are diagnosed.
The aim of the Cancer Patients Alliance for Clinical Trials ( initiative of Cancer Patients Alliance is to increase Latino and other minority participation (including farm workers and indigenous peoples) in adult cancer clinical trials, and to increase access and improve cancer care for them, including screening and prevention. Under the rubric of the ad hoc Salinas Valley Bridge for Cancer Prevention (SVBridge) and the Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer (SVAC) as convened by our organization and including a number of local stakeholders and key safety-net providers including the Stanford Cancer Center, we target for support the medically underserved with cancer in the Salinas Valley area of Monterey County, California. Local hospital and health providers provide cancer trial participation, and give access to data that permit us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts.
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. This primarily includes working with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in select cities in the west and southwest areas of the United States. Currently, we are concentrating these efforts in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Salinas, California; Denver, Colorado; and Las Vegas, Nevada.