Fact sheets for Living Better with Cancer

To accompany cancer patients and their family, the oncology department has developed a series of fact sheets on the main themes surrounding cancer and its effects.  As a complement to the information that the medical staff gives directly to patients and their loved ones, these practical sheets have been designed to give additional important information and to make that information easily available at any time.



A public-private partnership

In January 2017, HUG and the La Tour Group signed an agreement looking to give all cancer patients in the Canton the possibility of being treated near their home in a unit equipped with comprehensive technical facilities.


Fatigue is a frequent symptom, linked to your cancer and its treatment. It may be increased by the side effects of the medication, by anxiety and by disturbed sleep.

Patients describe it as a sensation of extreme, perpetual exhaustion that is not alleviated either by sleep or rest. It may also manifest itself as despondency, difficulty concentrating or thinking, or a loss of willpower. To assess your level of tiredness, a scale from 0 (no fatigue) to 10 (the most extreme imaginable) is used.



Mission of the Oncology Division

  • Provide diagnostic and therapeutic care for adult patients with cancerous diseases
  • Be the HUG referral division for the coordination of care for patients in the field of oncology, taking into account the services offered by other divisions, specifically the Hematology Division, the Radiation Oncology Division, the Clinical Pathology Division, the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Divisions and the Surgical Divisions.
  • Provide indications for cancer treatments, be responsible for prescribing and supervising these treatments for inpatients and outpatients, and provide follow-up for patients undergoing treatment.
  • Also contribute to diagnostic approaches by screening for genetic predispositions to cancer and develop monitoring and prevention plans for at-risk patients with such predispositions.
  • Patients can be admitted or treated as outpatients. In the latter case, they are given a referral consultation by their regular physician.

Related website

Cancer Center


Medical Activities

The Oncology Division provides patients with outpatient consultations in oncology for any suspected cancer or proven diagnosis of cancer and oncogenetic consultations for persons concerned about a risk of developing cancer. Cancer treatments provided, after consultations, are carried out in the specialized units of the division, as an outpatient or a hospitalized patient, as required. Support care in oncology may be provided to make sure all patients receive the best quality of life possible throughout the course of the illness.