The English Show, Basel

This week I was invited onto The English Show, our local radio station (Radio X, 94.5 FM), to introduce Cancer Support Basel. The show, which goes out weekly with topical stuff of interest to the English-speaking community, focused this time on cancer and the different elements of care and support on offer in and around Basel.

Here’s the link:

If you need more extensive information on what we do, feel free to click on any of the links in the banner above, especially About Cancer Support Basel.

Thanks again to Anna Wirz and all the English Show team for the opportunity to introduce our group, to explain how it came about and what we do.




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.

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.

Talk on Recent Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment, Tuesday 4th November, 6.30- 8 p.m.

apples in boxCancer Support Basel is hosting an evening meeting on Tuesday, 4th November, 6.30-8 p.m. at the Krebsliga, Mittlere Strasse 35, Basel. Our guest speaker will be Dr Urs Leibundgut, oncologist in private practice in Basel.

Dr Leibundgut has been a friend of our group for many years and a guest speaker on several occasions. On this occasion, as he prepares for retirement, he’s joining us once more to give a brief recap/overview of the huge developments in the treatment of breast cancer since he began in practice in 1982.

As always with evening meetings, this event is open to anyone living in the Basel area with a particular interest in the subject. We will make a modest charge of CHF5 to cover drinks, eats and a small gift for Dr Leibundgut. Please mail us on if you’d like to come, so we have an idea of how many to expect.