The vision of Who is sick is to become part of the standard of care for all people with cancer. In order to accomplish this we plan to open facilities in many more cities throughout the United States and the world. Most of our facilities have begun because someone like you realized that people with cancer and their loved ones can benefit from the support, education, and hope that The Wellness Community offers and they wanted to make those services available in their city. Many of the founders of our local facilities are cancer survivors dedicated to helping others in their fight for recovery.
Who is Sick is involved in national research with partners such as Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco to demonstrate and publish on the positive effects that participating in our many programs can have on people with cancer and their loved ones.
The Goals of our Research Program are as follows:
"Do Cancer Support Groups Reduce Physiological Stress for Women With Breast Cancer?" Collaboration with Stanford University in a randomized study comparing TWC's Patient Active Empowerment Model of Group Support with Supportive-Expressive Therapy Model developed by David Spiegel, M.D.
"The Effectiveness of Internet vs. Face-to-Face Support Groups for Women With Breast Cancer" A randomized study comparing TWC's face-to-face support groups and electronic support groups with TWC's "usual care" educational programs. This study is in collaboration with UCSF and Stanford University.
Abstracts of Presentations and Papers
"Community/Research Collaborations, How to Reach More People More of the Time with Evidence Based Interventions"
"Developing a Community Program on Cancer Pain and Fatigue"
"Effectiveness of Electronic Support Groups for Women with Breast Cancer"
"Electronic Support Groups for Breast Carcinoma: A Clinical Trial of Effectiveness"
"Emotional Expression and Therapist Behavior in Online vs. Face-to-Face Breast Cancer Support Groups: A Comparative Study"
"Fighting Spirit and Adjustment to Cancer: Emotional Self-Efficacy as a Mediator"
"How Cognitive and Emotional Expression of Cancer Trauma Impacts Mood Disturbance"
"Internet Chat Rooms for Breast Cancer Patients: The Role of Professional Leaders"
Our Research Team
Mitch Golant, Ph.D.
Tamara Altman, M.A.
Chloe Martin, Ph.D.