counseling is appropriate if cumulated cancers occur in a family for
several generations, particularly tumors of the breast, ovaries and
intestine. Only 5-10% of all malignant breast and colon tumors are due
to specific genetic defects.
Genetic counseling is primarily
assessing the facts from the family history and personal medical history
and the information of the clients about their resulting risk of cancer
and the treatment options. The patient is then free to opt for the
implementation of a genetic test.
Contact: Dr. med. Susanna Stoll,
+41 44 255 22 14
who desire a complementary medical treatment parallel to its antitumor
therapy or thereafter, have the opportunity to seek advice or get
treatment in the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
The complementary therapy is customized to an individual patient and
integrated into the anti-tumor treatment. The innovative therapy
services of the Institute combine the latest scientific knowledge with
many years of experience in complementary medical treatment of cancer
You can find
further information in the flyer (PDF) or directly on the website of the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Health Care Chaplaincy
In times of illness, uncertainty and
change, many draw deeply from the tradition of their own faith, while
others simply want a listening ear, a friend on the journey. The health care chaplaincy provides spiritual and pastoral support and helps you
cope with the questions that arise.
Life with a cancer patient presents patients and family members with a variety of challenges and is often associated with fears and uncertainties. A good and comprehensive consultation and support from the beginning is very important to us to help you deal with these challenges!
In addition to the medical consultation, we offer an outpatient oncological care consultation for those affected. Here is space and time for exchange and individual advice in connection with nursing and psychosocial issues. Specialized oncology nurses will advise you about your therapy and how to deal with unwanted effects, as well as how to make your daily routine with regard to exercise and nutrition.
We work closely with specialists in complementary medicine, nutritional counseling, psychooncology, social services, cancer league and sexual-medical consultation, and can assigned you to these on request.
Your well-being during the time of the therapy is our first priority!
For further information, please refer to the Flyer_Pflegesprechstunde (PDF).
The Competence Center
Palliative Care offers patients with difficult to treat acute,
symptomatic, unstable, or other complex problems specialized palliative
In addition to the care at the USZ, we are closely linked
to the Hospiz Lighthouse in Zurich and offer a regular consultation hour
"Palliative Care" for outpatients.
Further information can be found directly on the website of the Competence Center Palliative Care or in the flyer Palliative Care (PDF).
deals with the medical and psychological treatment and monitoring of
patients with cancer and their relatives. The goal of psychooncological
treatment is the psychological stabilization and improvement of the
quality of life.
Individual interviews provide support in dealing
with stress situations, in coping with physical changes and acceptance
of the immutable. Existing resources are strengthened and coping
strategies are activated or newly developed.
Further information can be found directly on the website of the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy or in the Flyer Psychooncological offers for patients, patients and relatives.
Sexual-medical support during Cancer Treatment
Cancer can often have a significant impact on sexuality and the relationship of couples. Not only it is the disease and its symptoms but also the side effects of the necessary treatments which can affect sexual life. Often these difficulties are neglected in the course of the treatment, since other topics are in the foreground. Also, talking about one's own sexuality is not easy for everyone. Later, after the completion of tumor therapy, questions and concerns about intimacy and sexuality can continue to arise.
Patients who wish to receive a sexual-medical support for the antitumour therapy or subsequently have the possibility to get information in a quiet atmosphere. It may also be helpful to involve the partner, so that a joint management of the disease and its consequences is possible.
Further information is available in the flyer (PDF) or directly on the website of the Department for Reproductive Endocrinology.
Tobacco consumption is not only associated with a frequent occurrence of cancer and vascular disease (myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, strokes and dementia, impotence, etc.) but can also lead to non-malignant respiratory diseases, infections, osteoporosis, tooth and gum diseases, as well as impairment of taste, smell and sight.
In the smoking cessation session, smokers and all persons who consume tobacco products will be informed about:
• The different effects of tobacco on the body
• The nicotine effect and dependency development
• The use of medication to relieve withdrawal symptoms
• The benefits of tobacco cessation
Here you can find further information and the smoking advice of the university heart center Zurich at the USZ.
Look Good Feel Better - free beauty workshops for cancer patients
Look Good Feel Better is a unique, non-profit commitment of leading cosmetics companies in Switzerland, in close collaboration with hospitals, doctors and nurses. The goal is to restore and strengthen the self-confidence and self-esteem of cancer patients, who are in medical treatment, with the help of free beauty workshops. The workshops are supervised by professional beauticians, all of whom work voluntarily for the foundation. The program of Look Good Feel Better is not medically, absolutely productneutral. Further information can be found at www.lgfb.ch.