Resources in English for people affected by cancer

A cancer diagnosis is a frightening and life-changing experience at the best of times even more so if you are out of your home country, away from your family and loved ones, perhaps lacking the necessary language skills.

If you - or someone you are close to - have had a cancer diagnosis and would find it helpful to talk to someone who has been through the same experience, maybe we can help.

In 2000 a group of women who had had breast cancer decided, with the help of the Swiss Breast Cancer Association Leben Wie Zuvor, to form an English-speaking support group based in Basel. We are a multi-national group with a number of different mother tongues, but the link is English.  

We offer the following:

  • Practical help and support, in person or by phone. We can visit in hospital or at home,  take you to medical appointments, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. We can help with translation to and from German and French.

  • A once-monthly daytime meeting for anyone looking for moral support, practical advice and a good cup of tea or coffee. We do not give medical advice but we can lend books and articles by US and UK cancer organisations and can refer you to reputable websites.

  • Occasional evening meetings with guest speakers from the medical profession, industry or research organisations. Husbands and partners often join us for these meetings and are most welcome.

All information is treated in strict confidence. To find out more about the English-speaking Cancer Support Group in the Basel region (which includes neighbouring Alsace and Baden), please feel free to get in touch with any of the following:  

Please contact Sue Style on  cancersupportbasel@gmail.com

Our blog is at: www.cancersupportbasel.wordpress.com