First Steps

The most terrifying and overwhelming words may be: you have cancer. If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, in addition to your fears, you probably have many questions. You may not know where to turn. We are here to help you.

This section of our website is dedicated to you. It will give you what you need to know now, as well as links to resources you may want down the road.

Please remember, we are available to answer your questions or talk about your diagnosis. You can call the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at (202) 331-1332 or email us  for further assistance.

Here are the beginning steps we recommend:

First things first: find a gynecologic oncologist to treat you. Many studies conducted over the past decade have shown that an ovarian cancer patient’s chance of survival is significantly improved when a gynecologic oncologist performs her surgery. Some studies showed survival rates as much as 50 percent greater than for women whose surgeries were done by surgeons less experienced in the optimal debulking procedures needed to remove as much of the ovarian tumor as possible. To find a gynecologic oncologist in your area

Next, ask your doctor about enrolling in a clinical trial. Clinical trials are available for women in every stage of treatment—before, during and after. Our website can guide you through some of the common questions about clinical trials. If you want to look for a clinical trial, we offer a free matching service for women with ovarian cancer or you can search for information from the National Institutes of Health.

Then find support services. Our online community will connect you to more than 8,000 people who have been touched by ovarian cancer. You can also search our list of Partner Member groups throughout the United States, many of whom offer in-person support.

Finally, remember to call or email us if you need assistance.