Support sessions offer comfort for those affected by cancer

  • The Cudeca Hospice support groups are for English-speaking people and are held once a month in various towns in the province of Malaga

The Cudeca Foundation has initiated a campaign to promote its monthly support groups for English-speaking people with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses.

The groups are for patients undergoing treatment, or family members dealing with a loved one during the final stages of life, or during their own bereavement period.

The sessions are open to all and are an opportunity to share experiences and receive support from other people in similar situations.

The meetings focus on a monthly theme concerning different aspects of cancer. The themes are suggested by the members of the group and include issues concerning every stage of the illness, from diagnosis through to treatment, cure and, if needed, palliative care through to bereavement.

The groups are especially directed at communities with lots of foreign residents such as Estepona, Marbella, Nerja and Cómpeta, as these are areas where many find communication difficulty, especially in a crisis situation when dealing with advanced illness in a foreign country.

The whole family is affected when incurable illness is diagnosed and the support groups provide a place where help, support and information can be found. The meetings offer companionship between families suffering the same problems, give information about treatment and related subjects and dispel the many myths that surround the disease.

The sessions are run by trained volunteers and offer patients and their families a chance to express their doubts and fears about cancer, or any other problems they want to share.

Meetings are held in Estepona on the first Thursday of each month and in Marbella on the last Friday of the month . The Nerja meeting is held on the second Thursday of the month, while the Cómpeta session is held on the third.

Cudeca also offers individual confidential appointments for patients who want to talk with someone on a one-to-one basis.

For more information, contact Susan Hannam, 952 564 910.