Empower Yourself With Knowledge and Support

Staying educated and having a strong support network can help you manage ovarian cancer, physician visits, and the other life changes that come with a diagnosis of cancer.

Find your support

You don’t have to deal with ovarian cancer on your own. Reach out and ask others for support.

Family and friends

The people closest to you are often the ones who can provide unconditional love and support. Sometimes, however, talking to the people closest to you about cancer can be difficult. The American Cancer Society has some great advice for talking with family and friends.


Support groups

These can include one-on-one counseling, group counseling, or online support groups. If you are interested in joining a support group, ask your health care team to connect you with one that meets your specific needs, or check out the resources below for more information.


Health care team

At times, the best people to lean on for information are the medical professionals who have the experience to help. Become familiar with all of the people who are part of your treatment team.


Spiritual advisors or people in your faith community

For some, spirituality offers comfort and strength, and a spiritual leader can be a great source of support.


Places to connect

Many groups not only share information, news, and updates about ovarian cancer, but also directly interact and share hope with the women in the fight against this disease.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

FORCE is a national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE provides support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and has programs to help anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer.

Visit their Web site
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)

The mission of the NOCC is to fight tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for survivors. The NOCC offers many ways to connect through its Web site and social media channels.

Visit their Web site
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA)

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA)

OCRFA is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer. This organization connects survivors, women at risk, caregivers, and health care providers with the resources they need, and funds scientific research. As the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research, OCRFA ensures that ovarian cancer is a priority for lawmakers and agencies throughout the country.

Visit their Web site

Educational resources

The following organizations are leaders in the fight against ovarian cancer and share a great deal of useful information online.

American Cancer Society (ACS)American Cancer Society (ACS)American Cancer Society (ACS)

American Cancer Society (ACS)

The ACS is a great source of information about cancer, research, advocacy, and community programs. The ACS also provides professional support services for people with cancer, caregivers, children, and loved ones.

Visit their Web site
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC offers comprehensive, credible, and reliable information on a range of health issues. In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, the CDC established the “Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer” campaign to raise awareness of gynecologic cancers, including ovarian cancer.

Visit their Web site
National Cancer Institute (NCI)National Cancer Institute (NCI)National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. In coordination with the National Cancer Program, the NCI conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer; rehabilitation from cancer; and the continuing care of patients and their families.

Visit their Web site

Suggested reading

100 Questions and Answers about Ovarian Cancer

100 Questions & Answers About Ovarian Cancer by Don S. Dizon and Dorinda “Dee” Sparacio

Written by experts in the field, this book offers practical answers to your cancer-related questions. Whether you’re new to ovarian cancer or you’re a family member looking to learn more, 100 Questions & Answers provides comprehensive information about treatment, quality of life, sources of support, and more. Please note that AstraZeneca sponsored this book.

100 Questions and Answers about Ovarian Cancer


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