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.

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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.

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.

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