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Old 26.12.2012, 20:03
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Steve Jobs came once to Basel for cancer treatment.
At that point, it didn't help much anymore.
His body was probably already full of metastatic tumors and he was basically working down a list of options for things to try. That list was short anyway.

But I really do hope the OP is in a more comfortable position, at least with regard to his options.
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Re: Best hospital for cancer patients

I'm currently going through Chemotherapy for follicular lymphoma at CHUV in Lausanne.
After three sessions the tumour in my face has disappeared and I am now concentrating on the others. I have been very impressed with everything I've come across. I certainly do not feel a number and every aspect of my well being is cared for. Most people speak English and if not, they soon find someone who can speak English for me. My lymphoma was missed by the hospital in England in August and by September I was at CHUV for every test/scan going and within a week had my first chemotherapy session.

This gives me the opportunity to thank a very special EF member, Alyson, who came with me to the hospital and got me through the first few weeks. We got chatting on here and had only met once for coffee. She decided I couldn't face this on my own and so accompanied me daily. It really is EF working at its best. THANK YOU xx
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Old 26.12.2012, 20:35
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I would have thought that most people are paying for supplementary cover.

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Not all of us.
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Old 26.12.2012, 21:11
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Not all of us.
OK, but WHY not?

Personally, I find it worth the minor additional expense, though I rarely go to the doctor.

Tom
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Old 26.12.2012, 21:16
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Markarina's treatment at St Gallen was fully covered by basic insurance, even though we live in Aargau. The hospital St Gallen co-ordinate with the insurer, he did not have to do anything.

From 2012', you have the right to go outside home Kanton, but the insurer is obliged only to pay what it would in the home Kanton. For specialist cases like Markarina, the coverage is not restricted to the Home Kanton cost level. But in any case AG and SG have a very similar unit cost.

Supplementary insurance is not possible when you have a history of cancer....but we have been very happy with the extensive coverage provided under basic insurance, including 3 weeks in residential physical rehab post surgery.
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OK, but WHY not?

Personally, I find it worth the minor additional expense, though I rarely go to the doctor.

Tom
If one moved here with any sort of pre-existing condition one will be turned down for any supplemental cover.

As Odile said, many of us would have gladly paid the additional premium... but the option was not available.
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Old 26.12.2012, 21:27
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OK, but WHY not?

Personally, I find it worth the minor additional expense, though I rarely go to the doctor.

Tom
Decided to have the basic insurance when we first came here and haven't really looked at changing it. Occasional doctor and hospital visits have been the norm, until OH's hospital stay in the UK this year. Still waiting to see if we get bills from that visit.
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I have only the basic cover. When i was diagnosed in 2010, we lived in kt bern, and all my docs were in Bern. In 2012 we moved to kt Zuerich but I've kept my docs in Bern, because i liked them and i like the lindenhofspital. I think supplimental is the exception rather than the norm. The only thing i miss might be private cover and if need be, i'll pay out of pocket.

But the care i received and continue to receive for breast cancer is excellent, even under basic cover.

The largest oncology department is in st gallen. Is it the best? Don't know.

In the end, you need to find an oncologist you trust, and can speak to. Part of it is personality, and then you have to be comfortable with approach and training. Does your doc attend conferences, is your treatment updated based on new information, etc. i don't think there there is one best place or one best doc.
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Old 27.12.2012, 02:44
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Re: Best hospital for cancer patients

Sounds like Swiss hospitals are well put together for dealing with cancer from what others have posted on this thread.
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Old 27.12.2012, 07:23
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Does anyone know the best hospital for cancer patients in Switzerland?

"Best" is hard to define. But I got cured by surgery in the Universitätsspital Zürich in 1988 and since then am with the "Onkologie" there. As my Oncologist always says "50% depends on YOU". If you give up, nothing can be done.
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bladder cancer.

hard to define best, but i guess it would mean a hospital that places the patient first, that has low levels of internal politics, that communicates with the patient and family clearly and that is on the cutting edge of current therapy options.

treatment and communication in the Uni-Spital always was first-class
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