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Comprehensive Cancer Center Freiburg - CCCF


with a focus on cancer self-help

The Chair of Self-Help Research was established in October 2017 at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine as an endowed professorship sponsored by German Cancer Aid (DKH). In organizational terms, it is classified as belonging to the Comprehensive Cancer Center Freiburg – CCCF. The specific thematic focus of the professorship is on “patient competence and cancer self-help.”

Organized self-help in general and cancer self-help in particular have experienced a very strong development in the past years. Today, self-help plays an important role in the public health system and has become established on account of its involvement in healthcare policymaking (e.g., certification systems) and scientific bodies (e.g., guidelines commissions). As a result, self-help is also increasingly confronted with tasks involving healthcare policy.

On the one hand, this means an increase in the status of and recognition for patient representatives, while on the other hand this development risks placing excessive demands on these persons. In this respect, cancer self-help is undergoing a change in its lay competency.

To date, only little research has been conducted in the area of cancer self-help. We have only few studies on the quality of structures, processes, and results in self-help – predominantly from the international context.

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Prof. Dr. phil. Joachim Weis
Telephone: +49 (0)761 270-71561 (Office)
or +49 (0)761 270-71563
Fax: +49 (0)761 270-71569


Eva-Lina Armatage
Personal assistant
Telephone: +49 (0)761 270-71561
Fax: +49 (0)761 270-71569


Endowed Chair of Self-Help Research
Comprehensive Cancer Center Freiburg – CCCF
Medical Center – University of Freiburg
Hugstetter Str. 49
79106 Freiburg
Telephone: +49 (0)761 270-71561 (office)
or +49 (0)761 270-71563
Fax: +49 (0)761 270-71569