Several services are available to people affected by cancer, both patients and next of kin. Our services are free of charge.
If you have any questions about cancer, you are welcome to contact The Norwegian Cancer Society’s Counseling Service (information in Norwegian). Our specialist nurses, lawyers and social workers are waiting to answer your questions. You can take the time you need to share your thoughts and experiences with us. The helpline is for everyone – patients, families, the public, employers and healthcare providers. You can remain anonymous and we are bound by a duty of confidentiality.
Examples of questions we receive:
- How could our family life be affected by a cancer diagnosis? What about our children?
- What can municipal cancer coordinators do to help us?
- What about my job?
- What rights do we have?’
- Do I have cancer?
Coordinator for cancer patients
The coordinator have an overview of services available in your municipality and can assist in coordinating and facilitating day-to-day life for you and your dependents in the most optimal way.
Overview of cancer coordinators in the different counties (information in Norwegian). If you are unable to find your municipality on the list, you should still contact your municipality and check if they have a cancer coordinator or oncology nurse you can contact.
Vardesenteret (information in Norwegian) is a meeting place and retreat for cancer patients and their families. We have seven centres in Norway, in six cities. Here you can take a break with a cup of coffee and a newspaper, speak to a person with similar issues, i.e. someone who has had cancer or who is a dependent. You can also attend a course or an activity that suits you from a range of rich and varied options. In addition, you can speak to a lawyer about your rights and options. Some centres also have physiotherapists and nutritionists.
Treffpunkt (information in Norwegian) is a meeting place for children and young people who are experiencing severe illness in the family or who have lost someone. Treffpunkt offers them a respite from illness, but also the opportunity to talk with others who have experienced similar issues. Here children can talk about their feelings such as fear, grief and loss, although there is also scope to laugh and be happy.
«Hverdagshjelpen»– Helping hands
Kreftforeningen’s volunteers offers free help with practical tasks in the home and garden for people affected by cancer. The service is called Hverdagshjelpen – Helping hands.
Financial support and endowments
The Norwegian Cancer Society provides financial support (information in Norwegian) to cancer patients and their families who experience financial difficulties resulting from illness and treatment. In the link above you can also find information and links to different endowment schemes.
When you get ill in Norway, it is important to know your rights.
For some affected by cancer, it is also important to read about cancer diagnosis, symptoms, living with cancer and patient organisations.