Living With Cancer


About Marti Nelson, the woman

Marti NelsonThe Marti Nelson Cancer Foundation was established before her death in 1994 by Marti Nelson, MD, and by her husband, Robert L. Erwin, to provide help for people with cancer. Her own experience with breast cancer and her professional contact with patients showed her the need to do more for those struggling with the uncertainty, fear, anger and pain of having cancer and undergoing treatment.

Dr. Nelson helped establish the Kaiser-Permanente Northern California Regional Breast Cancer Task Force and served as Chair of the Steering Committee and Chair of the Psychosocial Subcommittee. She co-founded the Solano County Breast Cancer Support Group and served as its medical advisor, and was a member of the California Department of Health Services Breast and Cervical Advisory Council in 1993 and 1994. Dr. Nelson was an active volunteer in organizations devoted to women's health and cancer. She worked with the American Cancer Society training Reach to Recovery volunteers and with Breast Cancer Action as an advocate grant reviewer for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) program in breast cancer. She frequently spoke before various community groups and grass roots organizations.