A cancer diagnosis is a devastating thing, whoever you are or wherever you may be living. Imagine how it would be if you were living abroad when you were diagnosed, perhaps newly arrived in that country, unfamiliar with the local health system, far from your networks of family and friends and unable to speak the language. This is the situation that some members of the English-speaking population in Basel are faced with. And it’s this situation that prompted us to form an English-speaking Support Group in Basel.
We are a multi-national group – our members may come from the UK, US, Australia, Norway, Germany, Canada or Argentina – but the link is English. We get together about once a quarter in Basel for lunch followed by a meeting when we can share experiences and support one another.
In addition to these meetings, we offer practical help and support, in person, by phone, e-mail or Skype, to anyone directly or indirectly affected by cancer. We can visit in hospital or at home, or take people to medical appointments, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. We can also help with translation to and from German and French.
If you would like to meet up with any of us, or if you would like further information on the group, please drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!