Tuesday 31th of August, the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg from the Conservative Party, spoke to the Norwegian Cancer Society, Haukeland University Hospital, and others, marking the start of building a brand new “Vardesenter” in Bergen.
Vardesenteret (information in Norwegian) is a meeting place and retreat for cancer patients and their families. The Norwegian Cancer Society has seven centers 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 centers also have physiotherapists and nutritionists.
Grieg Foundation is proud to support the renovation of the beautiful building that will host the Vardesenter in Bergen. They also support innovative cancer research at Haukeland University Hospital.
At the event, we got personal insight from Oddny Miljeteig, a former politician in the City Council of Bergen and a previous cancer patient at Haukeland University Hospital. She was also a frequent visitor at Vardesenteret when being treated for cancer, stating that the center has dramatically impacted her personally and helped her severely during her sickness.
Vardesenteret in Bergen is today located at a temporary location inside of Haukeland University Hospital. The goal is to reconstruct an old Villa located next to the Hospital and offer cancer patients and their families the best care.