At Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC), close cooperation with self-help groups and initiatives is an integral part of comprehensive care for cancer patients.
Support groups and initiatives provide essential psychosocial support for patients and their families:
- through exchange of information and experience,
- through practical life support and
- through mutual motivation and emotional strengthening.
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Self-help groups and initiatives are an essential part of today's healthcare and social system.
The psychosocial support that self-help groups and initiatives provide for patients and their relatives is of great importance to those affected. It significantly contributes to improving quality of life and even increasing treatment success. Clinicians also receive valuable input here for optimizing treatment concepts.
In Berlin, there exist foreign-language self-help groups or online communities as well that might be suitable for you. Some of them can be found here.
Alternatively, you may also consider starting your own foreign-language self-help group or reaching out to existing groups to see if there is interest in a foreign-language-group.
How we support self-help groups
- Collaboration on the basis of cooperation agreements
- Regular meetings with representatives of cancer self- help groups
- Joint events
- Announcement of events of self-help groups and initiatives
- Publication of contact details of self-help groups and initiatives on the CCCC website
- Distribution of flyers and information material of self-groups and initiatives
- Provision of premises for consultations
- Quality circles / supervision
- Identification of medical experts for patient events as well as for disease-related self-help groups
- Information services for patients with tumor diseases and for their relatives