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Ovarian cancer: Finding help

If you still have questions, or need support for coping with ovarian cancer, search for advice from our selection of organisations.

WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

If you are living with cancer, it presents many new challenges for you and for your family and friends.

  • You will probably have many worries about how the cancer will affect you and your ability to live a normal life, that is, to care for your family and home, to hold down your job, and to continue the friendships and activities you enjoy.
  • Many people feel anxious and depressed. Some people feel angry and resentful; others feel helpless and defeated.

For most people with cancer, talking about their feelings and concerns helps.

  • Your friends and family members can be very supportive. They may be hesitant to offer support until they see how you are coping. Do not wait for them to bring it up. If you want to talk about your concerns, let them know.
  • Some people do not want to “burden” their loved ones, or they prefer talking about their concerns with a more neutral professional. A social worker, counsellor or member of the clergy can be helpful if you want to discuss your feelings and concerns about having cancer. Your GP, gynaecologist or oncologist should be able to recommend someone.
  • Talking to other people who have cancer has profoundly helped many people. Support groups of people with cancer may be available through the hospital, clinic or medical centre where you are receiving your treatment. A number of organisations can offer more advice or put you in touch with local groups.

If you still have questions, or need support for coping with ovarian cancer, search for advice from our selection of organisations.

Ovarian Cancer Action

Ovarian Cancer Action campaigns to improve survival rates for women with ovarian cancer. You can find out more about the symptoms of the disease and read a quarterly newsletter about the latest research into beating ovarian cancer.

ovarian.org.uk

Target Ovarian Cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer is a national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and help women in the UK diagnosed with ovarian cancer live their lives to the full.

targetovariancancer.org.uk

Ovacome

Ovacome is UK wide support group for anyone affected by ovarian cancer. It provides support and information, including a telephone and email support service, fact sheets and newsletter.

ovacome.org.uk

The Eve Appeal

The Eve Appeal raises funds for research into gynaecological cancers, including ovarian cancer. Search the site for information about signs and risk factors of the disease.

eveappeal.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support

This charity exists to help improve the lives of people living with cancer, their families and carers

macmillan.org.uk

Cancer Research UK

This charity says it is the world's leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research. It has the aim that “together we will beat cancer”.  It also has a nurse-led helpline.

cancerresearchuk.org

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Reviewed on July 12, 2013

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