COUNTYWIDE : Office Helps Patients, Families Face Cancer

The Wellness Community, a support center for adult cancer patients and their families, opened an office in Westlake Village on Monday to serve Ventura County and San Fernando Valley residents.

Founded in Santa Monica in 1982 by the husband of a cancer patient, the Wellness Community is “a program for adults to participate in their fight for recovery,” Director Joan Mandell said.

“The two most common problems for adults with cancer are unwanted aloneness and loss of control,” Mandell said.

The Wellness Community holds a weekly support group meeting as well as offering other programs.

The organization gives cancer patients “an opportunity to build an extended family,” she said. It also sponsors a variety of self-help workshops.


The Westlake Village office is at 5655 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 104. It is privately funded and provides all services free to patients and their families.