A New Cancer Support Centre for Basel

This striking house on the beautiful Petersplatz in central Basel, currently a building site, will become the Krebsliga Beider Basel’s drop-in centre/meeting place for cancer patients, thanks to a mind-blowingly generous bequest from an anonymous donor. It will open at the end of September and is modelled on Maggie’s Centres in the UK, where cancer sufferers can go for help, advice, support or just to hang out in a beautiful place and gather strength. Many of the staff on hand speak English, and we plan to contribute our growing library of books and resources in English to their reference room, where they will set aside a section for information in English. We also hope to schedule some of our own meetings there.

It’s a fabulous development, a fantastic resource for the city and a first for Basel. Watch this space for more news as it unfolds. And if you’re not familiar with Maggie’s Centres, take a look at their website, here, to get an idea of the kind of services and facilities they offer, some of which will be replicated in the Basel Krebsliga house.


March Support Group Meeting

3-IMG_1456There’s a promise of spring in the air, the crocuses are just poking their heads up through the grass, the bees are buzzing about once more and we’re celebrating the near-arrival of spring here in Basel.

We’ve had a bit of a pause from our regular activities at Cancer Support Basel, though please know we are still very much available for support via an email exchange or in a follow-up chat and/or meeting.

Our regular lunches will now take place quarterly, rather than monthly, and the next get-together will be on Friday 17th March. Please let us know by mailing us on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com if you’d like to find out more about the group, and/or join us on that day.

Wishing everyone the joy of warm breezes on the face and delight at the promise of warmer times.




Meetings Past, Present & Future

summer bouquetWe have had a few meetings since the last one flagged up for January – not that you’d know, as I’ve been out of action a bit and failed to post any meeting dates during winter and spring. We’re now on hols during July and August so won’t meet formally (not that our meetings are formal…) but we will get together again on Friday 16th September.

If you’re new to the group and would like more information on meetings, or if there’s anything else you’d like to discuss or ask about, please send us a mail on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com and we’ll try and supply the necessary info.

Wishing all a good summer and looking forward to seeing as many as possible in September.

End of Year News and January Meeting

It’s the time of year when many people are super-busy, or travelling, or maybe just lying low, staying warm and gathering their strength for whatever lies ahead. For this and many other reasons we won’t have our usual monthly meeting during December.

We will get together in January for our now customary annual New Year’s lunch. The date we have in mind (TBC) is Friday 15th January. Watch this space for more news of this. In February we will be meeting again as usual in a central Basel location.

In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone all the best for Christmas, wherever and with whomever you may be spending it, and continued good wishes for the New Year.

November Support Group meeting

walk-001We’ve had a few get-togethers over the summer and into autumn – not that you’d notice, since I failed to post any of our dates. Now’s the time to let you know that our next meeting will be on Friday 27th November at a central location in Basel. We get together over lunch, followed by the meeting proper. If you’re new to the group and would like to join us, just send a mail to cancersupportbasel@gmail.com.

June Support Group Meeting

Elderflowers are just coming into bloom this month

Elderflowers are just coming into bloom this month

Regular visitors to our site will know that we meet roughly once a month in a central location in Basel. This is an opportunity for folks who are affected by cancer – directly or indirectly – to come together to share their thoughts (“how come I got cancer?”), fears (“every time I get a headache/backache/toe ache, I’m sure it’s come back”), concerns (“my husband/wife/daughter/son is finding it hard to cope and I don’t know how to reassure them”), and joys (“my first grandchild was just born”)…

Our next get-together, starting with lunch and then proceeding to the meeting, will be Friday  June 12th. If you’d like to join us, please send us a mail on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com and we’ll fill in all the details.



Conventional, alternative and complementary therapies in the treatment of cancer

There’s an interesting and thought-provoking article just out in The Guardian, published in London, by an oncologist who practises in Britain’s National Health Service. It raises important questions about why some people opt for untried, untested ‘therapies’ as against trialled remedies of proven efficacy.

You can read the full article here.