We probably all know someone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly.
Today we shine a light on World Cancer Day.
- Dr. Lucienne Thommes
- Sarah Kretschmer
- Tobie Brealey
Sarah Kretschmer is a psychologist and psychotherapist working with the Cancer Foundation Luxembourg .
Tobie Brealey describes herself as an apparently-healthy, fit, working mother of three, diagnosed with stage 3 oesophageal cancer in August 2018. She had chemo, radiation and a life-changing surgery here in Luxembourg, and has been cancer-free since then.
In this conversation we talk about the impact of cancer on the patient and the family, what care can be found in Luxembourg, who covers the costs, and so much more.
'How to tell you'
The Cancer Foundation has just launched its latest campaign on World Cancer Day.
The new campaign, called 'How to tell you?' (Comment te dire?), aims at inviting everyone to share their experience so that society as a whole may find the right words to talk about cancer.
For patients and those around them, talking about the cancer that affects them can be difficult. While we would like to reassure, relieve or simply be present, we may lack words. We don't know what to say, when, or how, or we are afraid of hurting someone's feelings, so we stay silent.
Many cancer patients report that they have lost contact with some of their loved ones following their diagnosis and the start of treatment, Barbara Strehler, psycho-oncologist at the Cancer Foundation, explained in an RTL interview.
According to Strehler, those around them may feel helpless in the face of what their loved one is going through and do not dare to ask for news for fear of not knowing what to say. This silence can lead to distance and create a feeling of being alone in the face of cancer.
Take part in the survey
The Cancer Foundation Luxembourg (Fondation Cancer)
have their questionnaire online today to be filled out by those who have had cancer or who have cancer right now. You can find it online and despite it being in French or German you can answer in English.
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Please let us know your experiences of cancer in Luxembourg, whether as a patient or a family member or caregiver.