Learn more about ovarian cancer with these helpful resources.

Ovarian Cancer Resources

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance does not endorse any particular treatment, therapy, clinical trial or product. These links are offered as helpful resources and are not endorsements.

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Education and Information
American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/index
The American Cancer Society provides general information on cancer, and offers a range of advocacy and educational programs.

Bright Pink
http://www.bebrightpink.org/
Bright Pink provides education and support for women who are at a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Cancer.net
http://www.cancer.net/portal/site/patient
This site features cancer information provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, including links to find an oncologist and information on cancer types.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/
The CDC collects and publishes data on ovarian cancer in the United States, as well as sharing basic information about the disease.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
www.foundationforwomenscancer.org
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer provides information and resources on all gynecologic cancers, and offers free educational courses for survivors in locations throughout the United States. Click here for a list of upcoming Survivors Courses.

Health Finder
http://www.healthfinder.gov/
Healthfinder.gov collects resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and nonprofit organizations. The site provides information on a wide range of health topics, including ovarian cancer.

Inside Knowledge
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge/
The Inside Knowledge campaign is a project run by the CDC to raise awareness of the five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. The Alliance has taken a leading role in advocating for federal funding for this project.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/ovarian
The NCI provides information about ovarian cancer on its website, as well as funding and conducting cancer research.

Genetics

American Board of Genetic Counseling
http://www.abgc.net/ABGC/AmericanBoardofGeneticCounselors.asp
This organization certifies qualified genetic counseling professionals in the United States and Canada, and provides a tool to locate certified genetic counselors in your area.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
http://www.facingourrisk.org/
FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

National Cancer Institute: Genetics of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/breast-and-ovarian/HealthProfessional
Information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)
http://cancergenome.nih.gov/
The Cancer Genome Atlas, a project funded by NIH, aims to collect and characterize the genetics of more than 20 tumor types, including ovarian cancer.

Find a Doctor

As a matter of policy, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance does not endorse any individual doctor or hospital.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
http://www.facingourrisk.org/finding_health_care/finding_specialists.html
Information from FORCE (a Partner Member of the Alliance) about finding a specialist, learning about clinical trials and finding a genetic counselor.

Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
https://www.sgo.org/seek-a-specialist/
Find health professionals in your area who specialize in gynecologic oncology.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
http://www.foundationforwomenscancer.org/find-a-gynecologic-oncologist/
Search for gynecologic oncologists by zip code.

Financial and Legal Support

Please note that the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is unable to offer financial assistance to women with ovarian cancer.

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund
http://www.bmcf.net/
This fund provides small financial grants to patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment.

Cancer Care
http://www.cancercare.org/financial
Cancer Care provides a limited amount of financial support to women cancer patients whose incomes are no more than 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

Cancer and Careers
http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/Legal-and-Financial
Cancer and Careers provides information on legal and financial issues that affect cancer patients.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
http://www.cancerfac.org/
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition maintains a database of organizations that offer support to cancer patients. It can be searched by diagnosis or type of assistance needed.

Cancer Legal Resource Center
http://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/cancer-legal-resource-center
A cancer diagnosis may carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance appeals, employment rights and leave time, access to health care and government benefits, and estate planning. The CLRC offers information on these issues, as well as a toll-free telephone assistance line: 866-THE-CLRC.

Corporate Angel Network
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/
Help arranging free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using empty seats on corporate jets.

Family and Medical Leave Act Advisor
http://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-fmla.htm
Provides information on the Family and Medical Leave Act, a law that provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period to eligible, covered employees.

Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care
http://www.hrsa.gov/gethealthcare/affordable/hillburton/index.html
Under the Hill-Burton law, about 170 health care facilities nationwide are obligated to provide free or reduced-cost care to those who cannot otherwise afford medical care.

LiveStrong Cancer Navigation Center
http://www.livestrong.org/we-can-help/navigation-services/
The LiveStrong Cancer Navigation Center can help with insurance denials and appeals, handling debt and financial management issues related to a cancer diagnosis and more.

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
http://www.collegiatecancer.org/
The NCCF provides need-based financial support to young adults, ages 18-35, who have been diagnosed with cancer.

National Patient Travel Center
http://www.patienttravel.org/
The National Patient Travel Center provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network.

NeedyMeds
http://www.needymeds.org/index.htm
Needy Meds provides information about programs that help people facing problems paying for medications and health care, and assist patients in applying to such programs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
http://www.pparx.org/
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
http://www.patientadvocate.org/help.php
Case workers from the Patient Advocate Foundation work one-on-one with patients, caregivers or providers resolve healthcare issues. Please note: at this time, PAF does not provide co-payment assistance to ovarian cancer patients.

RxHope
https://www.rxhope.com/
RxHope lists information about patients assistance programs that offer free or reduced-cost medication in the United States.

SAMFund
http://www.thesamfund.org/
The SAMFund provides financial assistance and online support to young cancer survivors.

Social Security Disability Income
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability.htm
Women with ovarian cancer may qualify for social security disability income. Visit this website to learn more and apply.

Clinical Trials
As a matter of policy, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance does not endorse any individual clinical trial or treatment. Click here for additional information about clinical trials, as well as a service that helps ovarian cancer patients enroll in clinical trial
National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials
http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
Information about clinical trials from NCI, including a searchable list of more than 12,000 clinical trials that are currently accepting participants.
Treatment

As a matter of policy, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance does not endorse any individual treatment, physician or health care facility.

DiscoverMI.org
This website, hosted by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, provides information about how molecular imaging is used to detect and treat cancer and other diseases.

Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
https://www.foundationforpn.org/
The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy works to educate the public and health care professionals, and provide state-of-the-art treatment for patients with peripheral neuropathy—a common side effect of ovarian cancer treatment.

Get Palliative Care
http://www.getpalliativecare.org/
Information about palliative care—which focuses on relieving pain, stress and other symptoms of serious illness—as well as resources for patients.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN): Guidelines for Patients
http://www.nccn.org/patients/guidelines/cancers.aspx#ovarian
An overview of treatment options specific to ovarian cancer. The NCCN guides are meant to help patients with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease.

National Lymphedema Network
http://www.lymphnet.org/
Many women with ovarian cancer experience lymphedema, or swelling of the limbs, as a side effect of cancer treatment. The National Lymphedema Network provides information and resources related to this condition.

Radiation Therapy Answers
http://rtanswers.org/treatmentinformation/index.aspx
Radiation Therapy is sometimes used to treat ovarian cancer. This website provides information on this type of treatment, how it works and what patients should expect.

Research

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
http://www.aacr.org/
The AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical fields, disseminates information on new research findings, and promotes science education and training.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
http://www.asco.org
ASCO is a society for medical professionals working in the cancer field. The organization publishes new research in cancer through the Journal of Clinical Oncology and at its annual meeting.

Journal of Clinical Oncology
http://jco.ascopubs.org/
The official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
http://www.ejgo.org/
An academic journal dedicated to gynecologic oncology, published by the Asian Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Ovarian Cancer Institute
http://ovariancancerinstitute.org/
The Ovarian Cancer Institute conducts research on diagnostics and treatments for ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)
http://www.ocrf.org
OCRF funds research in ovarian cancer, including early detection, genetics and new treatments for this disease.

Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
http://cdmrp.army.mil/ocrp/default.shtml
The OCRP funds research in ovarian cancer, focusing on critical research areas that are not being funded by other agencies or programs.

Ovarian Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs)
http://trp.cancer.gov/spores/ovarian.htm
Five ovarian SPOREs, funded by the NCI, are currently conducting research on early detection, imaging technologies, risk assessment, immunosuppression and novel therapeutic approaches to ovarian cancer. 

End-of-Life Care

Caring Connections
http://www.caringinfo.org
A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, providing information and support to patients nearing end-of-life, caregivers and those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Compassion and Choices
https://www.compassionandchoices.org/
Compassion and Choices helps people plan for and achieve a good death, including end-of-life planning, advance directives and other educational materials.

HospiceDirectory.org
http://www.hospicedirectory.org/
A searchable database of hospice programs throughout the United States, as well as information on choosing and paying for hospice care.

Hospice Education Institute
http://www.hospiceworld.org/
The Hospice Education Institute maintains a directory of all hospice and palliative care programs in the United States. Patients and caregiver may call 800-331-1620 for information about end-of-life care and hospice services in their area.

Caregivers and Families

Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
http://caregiveraction.org/
CAN offers resources and tools for caregivers in a variety of situations, including those who are new to being a caregiver, those who have been caregivers for a long time and those caring for a relative from a distance.

Help for Cancer Caregivers
http://www.helpforcancercaregivers.org/
This website is a free tool developed for cancer caregivers to assess and manage their own health and wellness needs.

Kids Konnected
http://www.kidskonnected.org/
Kids Konnected provides friendship, understanding, education and support for children who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. Services include support groups for children affected by cancer, junior and teen camps, and resources for children and families.

Mom, Always
http://momalways.org/
Provides advice to women with a terminal illness, including interviews experts and resources for talking to children about death.

National Cancer Institute: Talking Time
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/takingtime/page3
Information from NCI about how cancer can affect families, including children, spouses, parents and other family members.

Well Spouse Association
http://www.wellspouse.org/
The Well Spouse Association provides resources and support to people who are caring for a spouse with a chronic illness or disability.

Support

4th Angel Program
www.4thangel.org
The 4th Angel Program pairs adults who have or are caring for someone with cancer with a trained volunteer to act as their mentor. Mentors are cancer survivors and caregivers who have had similar experiences.

Care Calendar
http://www.carecalendar.org/
An online calendar tool to help organize meals and coordinate other assistance efforts for families during times of illness.

CaringBridge
http://www.caringbridge.org/
Create a free website to communicate with family and friends about your cancer treatment, ask for assistance and more.

Cancer Support Community
http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/
The Cancer Support Community is an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.

Eyes on the Prize
http://www.eyesontheprize.org/
Eyes on the Prize provides online support and resources to gynecologic cancer survivors.

Inspire: Ovarian Cancer Online Community
http://inspire.com
Connect with thousands of ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers through our free online community hosted by Inspire.

LiveStrong
http://www.livestrong.org/
The LiveStrong Foundation provides a range of programs and resources for cancer survivors, including special projects for young survivors and cancer survivors coping with fertility issues.

Look Good Feel Better
http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org/
Look Good Feel Better offers free workshops to women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. Led by beauty professionals, the workshops help women learn to look and feel their best while undergoing treatment.

MyLifeLine.org
http://mylifeline.org/
Create a free website to communicate with family and friends about your cancer treatment, ask for assistance and more.

SHARE
http://www.sharecancersupport.org
SHARE offers survivor-led support to women with breast or ovarian cancer and their families and friends. The organization also offers a free hotline for ovarian cancer survivors, with support available in both English and Spanish.

Smart Patients
https://www.smartpatients.com/
An online community for patients and caregivers to communicate about their experiences with treatment, clinical trials and more. 

Young Survivors

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
http://criticalmass.org/
Critical Mass is an alliance of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of young adults, ages 15-39, with cancer. The organization offers resources for young adults with cancer and hosts an annual conference.

Next Step Fund
http://www.nextstepnet.org/
Next Step hosts workshops and retreats for young adults with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Stupid Cancer
http://stupidcancer.org/
Stupid Cancer provides support services to patients, survivor, caregivers and providers working with young adults with cancer.

Teens Living With Cancer
http://www.teenslivingwithcancer.org/
This organization provides facts about cancer and an online community for teens who have been diagnosed with cancer. 

Complementary Therapies and Nutrition

As with all treatments, the Alliance does not endorse any particular complementary or alternative therapy. All treatment styles should be discussed with a doctor.

American Cancer Society: Complementary and Alternative Therapies
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-landing
Information from the American Cancer Society about complementary and alternative therapies for cancer treatment.

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
http://www.aicr.org/site/PageServer
The AICR conducts and disseminates research on the role that diet, exercise and obesity play in cancer prevention. AICR also has resources for cancer patients currently in treatment.

Annie Appleseed Project
http://www.annieappleseedproject.org/
The Annie Appleseed Project shares information about complementary and alternative medicine as it relates to cancer treatment.

Food for Life Cancer Project
http://www.cancerproject.org/
A program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, this project compiles research on diet and cancer, and conducts classes and events about nutrition and cancer.

Meals to Heal
http://meals-to-heal.com/
Home delivery service providing daily meals intended to meet cancer patients’ nutritional needs.

TherapEase Cuisine
http://www.therapeasecuisine.com/
TherapEase offers personalized nutritional recommendations and meal plans for cancer patients.