Our Patient Support Line is Open...
If you're an ovarian cancer patient and are feeling overwhelmed by these challenging times and unsure of what it means for you, remember that help is just a phone call away. Our national organization, OCRA, has an oncology social worker available to chat Monday through Friday. Call 212-268-1002 and ask for Tracy. If she misses your call she'll get back to you within 24 hours.
New Services for Uterine Cancer Patients
Share Cancer Support has set up a hotline to answer your Uterine Cancer questions. Whether you have a uterine sarcoma or endometrial cancer diagnosis or you're a friend, family member or caregiver of someone who does, Call 844-582-6005.
SHARE also has added a Clinical Trial Matching Service offering patients a free, confidential, personalized Clinical Trial referral service. You can access this service at: https://www.sharecancersupport.org/breast-cancer/clinical-trial-matching-service/
Upcoming and Recent Events
New Webinars Offered
Update on Gynecologic Cancer Research
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) held its Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in March 2022. Highlights of the latest research findings on gynecologic cancers are summarized by Annie Ellis, member of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance’s Scientific Advisory Committee at this link:
In September 2021, hundreds of patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones attended, virtually, the Ovarian Cancer National Conference. They heard directly from the experts about such important topics as:
- What’s new in ovarian cancer research and treatment;
- Rare ovarian cancer updates
- Tips on managing recurrence
- Nutrition for ovarian cancer patients
- Sexuality and intimacy
- Precision medicine
- and so much more
Bookmark this link, and watch the videos most important to you as often as you want and at your own pace.
Research Opportunity for Survivors with a Genetic Mutation: Connecting Families to Overcome Ovarian Cancer” is a research study funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted at Emory University. They are recruiting survivors and their close relatives to become “citizen scientists” and help them develop a website and print materials to expand access to genetic services for families affected by ovarian cancer.
To summarize the study:
"Today it is known that 1 in 5 women with ovarian cancer have an inherited mutation in cancer-causing genes. Early identification of mutation carriers can enable life-saving prevention options. Recent guidelines encourage all women with ovarian cancer and their close blood relatives to consider genetic counseling. Currently, we have little guidance on how to make sure that survivors and their close relatives are aware of this recommendation and able to access genetic services. “Connecting Families to Overcome Ovarian Cancer” is funded by the National Cancer Institute. The study team is seeking 30 ovarian cancer survivors and relatives to participate in an online working group for Fall, 2020. The group will discuss ways to reach out to ovarian cancer survivors and their relatives to help them consider free genetic counseling services. The information gathered will be directly applied to develop the content and format for a website that will be offered to ovarian cancer survivors and their close relatives who may carry genetic mutations."
For more information, click on this link:
Coping with COVID-19
The COVID-19 epidemic has unsettled everyone’s life, including forcing OGCC/Rhonda’s Club to postpone several events and classes planned for spring. We intend to re-schedule when public health conditions allow. In the meantime, we’ve compiled the following resources to guide you, especially those in treatment who may have questions about maintaining your treatment schedule, visiting hospitals and doctors’ offices, and similar concerns.
from our national organization, OCRA…
from the Foundation for Women’s Cancer…
from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute….
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