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.

 

 

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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.

2014 in review

According to WordPress.com, 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 Please feel free to correct any out-of-date information or suggest addresses, contacts or services by using the Comment facility – with your help we can keep these pages fresh, useful and up to date.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 Healthline.com and YourDoctor.com, 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:

http://www.healthline.com/health/breast-cancer/words-you-should-know

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:

Yoga and mindfulness practices found to assist breast cancer recovery at cellular level, Canadian study finds

Thanks to Katherine for alerting us to this great article.