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.


March Support Group Meeting

IMG_5804-1Spring is in the air – at last – and the Basel Cancer Support Group will meet on Friday 13th March at the usual location in town. If you’d like more information on meetings and/or would like to join us, feel free to contact us on and we’d be happy to supply more details.


February Support Group Meeting

1-Charlotte's bouquet 18.12.14The support group will reassemble on Friday 13th February at a central location in Basel. Please feel free to contact us on if you’d like to join us for lunch or a hot drink and some like-minded company. Looking forward to seeing you.

2014 in review

According to, the pages you liked best or consulted most during 2014 on our site included the practical stuff, like Specialist Breast Centres in Basel and Zürich, links to cancer organisations worldwide, About Cancer Support Basel, where to get the best prostheses/wigs/turbans and help in finding Palliative Care and Respite Care. Please feel free to correct any out-of-date information or suggest addresses, contacts or services by using the Comment facility – with your help we can keep these pages fresh, useful and up to date.

We look forward to offering help and support during 2015 to anyone in the Basel region who is affected by cancer and we wish you a very Happy New Year.

Click here to see the complete report.

58 Breast Cancer Words You Should Know

hl-logoHealthline in San Francisco describe their mission as making the people of the world healthier through the power of information. They do this directly through and, and indirectly through their work with the world’s leading healthcare payers, providers, and publishers.

Here at Cancer Support Basel we just received their roundup of all those confusing, sometimes scary words you start to hear when you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, with a clear explanation of the meaning of each one. Take a look here for the full glossary:

And let us know if you have found it helpful.

The Power of Support Groups (and yoga, mindfulness and meditation)

We at Cancer Support Basel have always had a hunch that the support group model, along with yoga, mindfulness and meditation, can all play an important role in recovery from breast cancer. Now a new study from Canada confirms that this was more than just a hunch:

Thanks to Katherine for alerting us to this great article.

December Support Group Meeting

Basel's Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz, copyright Basel Tourismus

Basel’s Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz, copyright Basel Tourismus

The support group will meet again on Friday 5th December in a central location in Basel. If you’d like to join us for lunch and/or the meeting, for a chat, to exchange views and to give and receive support, please send us a mail on and we’ll do the rest. Looking forward to seeing you.