The Faroese Cancer Society offers professional information and counselling as well as activities for people affected by cancer. No one should have to face cancer alone.
Talk about cancer
No one should face cancer alone. If someone close to you have cancer, it is important to talk about it. It gives you an opportunity to share your feelings and thoughts, and it can bring you closer together.
Talk to a Cancer Support Specialist
Call the helpline (Ráðgevingin)
The service is free, and most of the staff can answer more basic questions in English. In case you need a translator to join the conversation, we will try to arrange this. Ask the Information Specialist for advice on this matter.
Furthermore, the Faroese Cancer Society offers professionel counselling and different activities throughout the country. The services are free.
If you or anybody you care about has been diagnosed with cancer we're here to help.
The Faroe Cancer Society
P. O. Box 1216,
Tel. (+298) 31 79 59
Web Page: www.krabbamein.fo
The office is open Monday - Friday from 13.00 - 15.00
Everyone is welcome to contact the Society or visit us. The more we communicate, the more sucessful the work of the Society is. If you want to become a member of the Cancer Society, just contact us.
The Purpose of the Society
The purpose of the Society is variously to inform about cancer, how to prevent it, to assist people afflicted by cancer and their next-of-kin, and to fund research into cancer diseases.
The Society is governed by a committee of five members, including doctors, nurses, former cancer patients and others.
The Society gets its income from membership fees, lotteries, donations from individuals, institutions, companies and associations in addition to bequests and gifts by will. The Society gets no public funds.
The support Centre
The Society office has two members of staff, both nurses with much experience in oncology. Cancer patients, their relations and others may contact the Centre for support, guidance and talk either at the Centre or at home, if they so wish. The Centre is in touch with hospitals, the Home Help service, the Rest Home and other institutes in and outside the Faroes.
The Cancer Society arranges regular conferences, lectures, courses, theme days etc. for patients, their next-of-kin and others, who work or live with cancer patients one way or the other. A couple of times a year the Society arranges courses in facial and skin care, the course is free of charge for women with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy.
Through the support Centre people may get in touch with self-help groups within the Society. The purpose of the groups is to support and assist each other, give advice, guidance and support to people in similar circumstances, give help to self-help, in addition to gathering knowledge on various cancer diseases, inform about prevention and to organize various arrangements.
The Aid for Cure Group
This is a group for women who have gone through treatment for breast cancer.
The Stomi Group
It consists of people who for some reason have had their bladder or colon laid out through their side.
The Parent Group
It comprises parents whose children have or have had cancer.
The Birth Mark Group
It is for people who have or have had birth mark cancer.
The Abdominal Group
It is for women who have or have had abdominal cancer.
The Prostate Group
It is a group for men who have or have had prostatecancer.
The Lipoedema an Lymoedema Group
It is a group for people who are suffering from lipoedema og lymfoedema.
Groups for Next-of-Kin
Cancer doesn’t only strike individuals, but also their family and loved ones. Therefore the Cancer Society has taken steps to form self-help groups for patients’ relatives. Life-threatening illnesses always carry with them changes in family life, and these changes may hit the children hard. They often feel lonely with their thoughts and fears. So the Society invites children and adolescents whose parents are ill to consult a psychologist in surroundings where they may also meet others in the same situation, and there to put words to their feelings without having to pay attention to others than themselves. The spouses of cancer patients and people who have lost their spouses to cancer also have the opportunity to join a self-help group. It is important for relations to get support, for there will be many new practical and emotional issues to tackle. In the self-help groups you may meet others in your situation, and there it is possible to put words to your thoughts and get support to solve various problems.
The Society advises and guides cancer patients and their relations who need to solve social problems. You get in touch with a social counsellor by contacting the Support Centre.
Cancer patients may get financial support from the Society’s Assistance Fund if money is available in the fund. The grant may be given once to people who are domiciled in Faroe and have received treatment over the past two years. Application forms may be obtained from the Support Centre or from the Society’s web page.
At the Support Centre there is much informative material to be had on cancer diseases and associated matters.
Everyone is welcome to contact the Society or visit us. The more we communicate, the more sucessful the work of the Society is. If you want to become a member of the Cancer Society, just contact us. Membership fee is Kr. 200,- a year for singles and Kr. 500,- for couples. You may transfer the money into our bank accounts. Just remember to specify ‘membership fee’. The account numbers are to be found here.