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Is ther any Cancer support group in the Zurich area.
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Re: Cancer support

http://www.cnz.uzh.ch/index.html

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If you are looking for English speaking support groups for patients and their families, here are some options (not in zurich).

You can contact
English speaking cancer assoc. in Geneva
http://www.cancersupport.ch/

Or cancer support basel
http://cancersupportbasel.wordpress.com/

Both groups are very good.

There's also this
http://www.krebsliga.ch/
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Cancer support

Dredging up this old thread to mention that the Krebsliga Zürich is lending its support to the formation of an English language cancer support group. The group is for anyone at any stage of any cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Whether the group forms depends on the level of interest. So if you think you might be interested, send me a PM or email info@krebsligazuerich.ch

I'll post about developments if and when they arise.

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Hi, I am moving to Zurich at the end of May and will just have had surgery for breast cancer. Do you know if I need and referral for an oncologist? Thanks!
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Re: Cancer support

It is great that Zurich offers something, but what about the rest of the cantons? Are there any resources available? Support groups, respite help? It shouldn't be that only the capital of a country has all these, and the rest, not.

Anyone who has any understanding of what having cancer means will understand. Travelling is very demanding for a sick person, and the cargivers can only do so much.
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It is great that Zurich offers something, but what about the rest of the cantons? Are there any resources available? Support groups, respite help? It shouldn't be that only the capital of a country has all these, and the rest, not.
Zurich...the capital of a country ha ha ha

Anyhow, there is support most everywhere, but not sure if you wanted it in English or not. In the greater Geneva area there is the English speaking cancer support group... http://www.cancersupport.ch/
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It is great that Zurich offers something, but what about the rest of the cantons? Are there any resources available? Support groups, respite help? It shouldn't be that only the capital of a country has all these, and the rest, not.

Anyone who has any understanding of what having cancer means will understand. Travelling is very demanding for a sick person, and the cargivers can only do so much.
Edot gave the links to both Geneva and Basel cancer support groups above long before she resurrected the thread to post about the Zurich group.

Not everything in Switzerland centres around Zurich you know ( which isn't actually the capital btw).
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Hi, I am moving to Zurich at the end of May and will just have had surgery for breast cancer. Do you know if I need and referral for an oncologist? Thanks!
Hi FePrincess

I think it would be a good idea anyways to get a GP shortly after you arrive, bring all your paperwork from back home about the BC surgery, treatment etc to make it more straightforward and simple. Then depending on the type of insurance you get you can either choose your own specialist or ask insurance for a recommendation (please correct me if I'm wrong people!).

My insurance allows me for instance to choose my specialist after I get a referral from my GP.
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Re: Cancer support

Ok, Ok... let me clear up a few things.

First of all FePrincess - I hope you are doing well. Your GP or Gyn can refer you to an oncologist. In Switzerland, most surgeries and post surgery checkups, are handled by Gynaecologists trained in breast surgery. As long as you don't have GP or HMO model, I'm pretty sure you can self refer to an oncologist. You might contact these folks as well...

http://www.brust-zentrum.ch/en

This is a page in English regarding the Breast centre in Zurich - I'd talk to them first to see what they recommend. I've heard good things about them, but have no experience with them. It's a one stop place to deal with all of your breast cancer issues.

You might also contact oncology at the University of Zurich.

For general information
http://www.krebsliga.ch/

I was living in Bern when I was diagnosed and treated, so my docs are in Bern. Four years past diagnosis and three past active treatment, I see my oncologist in Bern once a year and my gyn in Bern twice a year. If I ever have to go back into treatment, (and I seriously hope not), I would find someone close to me - travel with chemo and rads is a bitch!

When you get here, and if you want to chat, please send me a message.


Now, the support group.

Funny Bone - the group in Zurich is purely a volunteer group. If it grows and succeeds, we'll probably become a verein, but for now, it's just people with a common experience. Neither of us are medical professionals either.

As far as I know, there are TWO english speaking support groups in Switzerland - the one in Geneva and the one in Basel, both which I've referenced in an earlier post. There just hasn't been interest/volunteers whatever to form groups anywhere else. I've traveled to Basel from Winterthur for the last 3 years to attend meetings in Basel - but I've not been under active treatment. The group in Geneva may have more resources for outreach, counseling, etc.


Another woman who's been treated for breast cancer and I have talked about forming a group in Zurich, if there is sufficient interest. We do have the blessing of the krebsliga in zurich, but it's really a volunteer thing and we're mostly there to share experiences, offer (non medical) advice and listen to each other. There has not been interest - until today, in fact. So we'll get together and plan something now. We're not limited to breast cancer, either.

I might also add that if you are a member of ZIWA - the Zurich International Women's Association there is a group meeting monthly for women with concerns about breast cancer. I would contact ZIWA directly for particulars about that group.

I hope that helps clarify things.

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Re: Cancer support

I stand corrected on the technicality of it - but Zurich is the most important city in CH - the business capital, no matter how much some wish to pretend their neck of the woods is the cat's meow. And rather than just b***ing about my not spelling it all out for you, how about bring in some decent info. Thank you.

Thanks, edot, for the info!

I was hoping to find something similar to what is offered in Canada - support groups and relaxation "classes" geared towards those living with cancer and caregivers. The groups meet at BCCA (in the case of British Columbia) and they are lead by nurses and volunteers. They are structured by type of cancer; if it is a support session for kids who have relatives living with cancer, then it is a mixed cancer group and the adults talk in one room while the kids talk in another room. Again, both groups have nurses and volunteers to lead the activity - for kids arts and serious questions being addressed, for adults many tears and heartbreaking worries. Our doctor here for sure isn't volunteering any information.
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Re: Cancer support

Switzerland is definitley a different culture.

Funny Bone, you're in Aargau, right (from your profile)
Maybe check with the krebsliga in your area
http://www.krebsliga-aargau.ch/de/

or the krebsliga in Zurich

If you're interested in issues pertinent to kids, perhaps the kinderspitals.

Support is a funny thing - very culture driven. And language driven.

It also depends on where you are in your disease, when I was having treatment, the last thing I wanted was to be in a support group - all I wanted to do was to go back to bed and sleep. But it's now, dealing with the aftermath that I find it helpful to share experience.

Caregiver respite is a whole other issue, too - I wonder if spitex offers something for that. And some Swiss people are very private, not wanting to talk about this stuff - I know Americans too who are like this, but the world gets very small when you're ill and sometimes talking about it and sharing experiences helps people feel less isolated.

Sometimes people are afraid to speak up - the problem is that you have to find the right venue.

I wish you a lot of luck - I haven't searched for any of these resources in Switzerland, but I'll ask around. If you want to send me a PM with what you're looking for specifically I can ask my friends.
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I stand corrected on the technicality of it - but Zurich is the most important city in CH - the business capital, no matter how much some wish to pretend their neck of the woods is the cat's meow. And rather than just b***ing about my not spelling it all out for you, how about bring in some decent info. Thank you.

Thanks, edot, for the info!

I was hoping to find something similar to what is offered in Canada - support groups and relaxation "classes" geared towards those living with cancer and caregivers. The groups meet at BCCA (in the case of British Columbia) and they are lead by nurses and volunteers. They are structured by type of cancer; if it is a support session for kids who have relatives living with cancer, then it is a mixed cancer group and the adults talk in one room while the kids talk in another room. Again, both groups have nurses and volunteers to lead the activity - for kids arts and serious questions being addressed, for adults many tears and heartbreaking worries. Our doctor here for sure isn't volunteering any information.
To be fair you were the one complaining about it being Zuricentric when in fact most of the info on the thread related to other cities ( despite the original request being for Zuruch) so I assumed you'd missed the info in Edot's earlier posts.

Here's a link for Romandie and the support offered in this region, all in a French obviously as these things tend to be geared towards the local French speaking population. English speaking groups and support are harder to find but are available, the Geneva group is very well established.

http://assets.krebsliga.ch/downloads...ciations_1.pdf
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