If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, we are here to help.

First Steps

This section of our website is dedicated to you. It is intended to help you on this journey.

First Steps

Need to talk with someone? We are available to answer your questions. You can call the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at (202) 331-1332 or email us for further assistance.

A Checklist to Guide Your First Steps:

  • Find a gynecologic oncologist to help treat you
  • Ask your doctor about enrolling in a clinical trial
  • Find support online and in your community

Call or email us if you have questions or need to talk.

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, compared to women whose surgeries were done by surgeons less experienced in the techniques used to treat ovarian cancer. 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 servicesOur online community will connect you to more than 19,000 people who have been touched by ovarian cancer. You can also search our list of Partner Member groups throughout the world, many of whom offer in-person support.

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