The Nordic Cancer Union, which was founded in 1949, is a collaborative body for the Nordic Cancer Societies. The aim of the Nordic Cancer Union is a collaboration to improve knowledge and understanding of cancer diseases, to improve prevention, to inform an results of cancer treatment and rehabilitation; and to enhance their effective application in the Nordic area.

Councelling centres are situated in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and in the 14 counties throughout Denmark. These centres are open to everyone with a cancer related problem and offer support and clarification of these problems. The centre in Frederiksborg has approximately 500 new clients each year. The centre offers a variety of support including consultations for couples, families, groups and individuals together with patient education. The centre has, due to its unique milleu compared to hospitals, often the possibility to give the consultations depth and meaning of existential character. The article contains examples describing this.