Coping with a New Diagnosis
Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is an upsetting and overwhelming experience. Very often after diagnosis, women feel very alone. We’re here to help you.
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation works to offer support to ovarian cancer survivors and their families; educates the public about ovarian cancer; and raises funds to advance ovarian cancer research.
You do not have to take this journey alone. We have many resources to help you navigate your way. As you face many decisions and emotions along this roller coaster ride, we believe that knowledge is power.
With a Little Help From Her Friends Support Program
No one should have to go through the process of ovarian cancer treatment alone and SROCF is striving to eliminate that possibility through the With a Little Help From Her Friends support program. The purpose of our Patient Support Program is to make the stress of dealing with ovarian cancer treatment less confusing and solitary by providing consistent first-line peer level contact. Expertly trained With a Little Help From Her Friends Mentors will provide those recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer a peer contact that can:
- Find available social resources;
- Provide a toolkit and offer support that only a peer can;
- Offer suggestions on the best way to communicate questions and information to their physicians and other healthcare providers; and
- Lend much needed emotional support
The goal of the With a Little Help From Her Friends Support Program is to ensure that every ovarian cancer patient gets the support they need and deserve.
If you are a patient in need of a peer mentor or would like to participate in the With a Little Help From Her Friends Support Program as a mentor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read about ovarian cancer, its risk factors and treatment: About Ovarian Cancer
To find support services near you: Support and Resources
A Resource Guide for College Students Living with a Chronic Illness: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/chronic-health-issues/
To explore available clinical trials: Find a Clinical Trial
To get connected with our organization: About Us
To be connected with another ovarian cancer survivor, email Robin at
Daytime Ovarian Cancer Support Group
Provides support and motivation for people living with ovarian cancer and their caregivers. Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 10:30 am at Hava Java in Allentown, PA. Call Shelly Fisher at (215) 968-1706 or Carol at (610) 262-1072 for free registration.
Horse Power for Life is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Glenmoore, PA that provides an educational and therapeutic horsemanship program for cancer patients and survivors of all ages and their families. Our goal is to help families living with cancer focus on their minds, bodies and souls, rather than the disease while learning about horses in an atmosphere of professionalism, teamwork and fun. The students learn all aspects of horse care, along with riding. The weekly lessons are 90 minutes long and are customized for each individual based on age, experience, comfort level, health and physical ability. Since cancer diagnoses often affects more than just the person diagnosed, we invite and encourage one family member to join with the cancer patient/survivor. To learn more, please visit www.horsepowerforlife.org
Find A Clinical Trial
One-Stop Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trials Search and Matching Service.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and EmergingMed have joined forces to make sure that patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer know all of their treatment options – including clinical trials. Together, they have launched a national matching and referral service for ovarian cancer clinical trials. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service provides a comprehensive yet simplified system for women to find and link to clinical trial options for ovarian cancer.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free and confidential pre-screening and referral service that quickly identifies clinical trials to match each woman’s specific ovarian cancer type, stage, treatment history and geographic location. Clinical Trial Specialists are available by telephone to guide patients, families and health care professionals through a search of over 330 ovarian cancer studies in the United States and Canada. After an initial pre-screening conversation, the Clinical Trial Specialist assists women to make sure:
- A woman receives a call back from a matched study.
- All questions are answered.
- Women receive detailed study information to share with their medical teams.
- No one is alone in this process!
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service is designed to give women matches quickly so they have plenty of time to discuss clinical trials options with their medical team and to weigh the risks and benefits of all their options.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service aims to:
- Raise awareness of ovarian cancer clinical trials.
- Increase the number of women who identify ovarian cancer clinical trials as part of
their review of care and treatment options.
- Reduce the number of women who get lost or overwhelmed by the search process.
- Provide a one-stop resource on ovarian cancer clinical trials.
For more information, visit the Alliance’s website at: http://www.emergingmed.com/networks/ocna/
EmergingMed operates the country’s largest cancer clinical trial matching and referral service. More than 70,000 cancer patients have been prescreened and referred to its database of 8,000 cancer clinical trials.
The cornerstone of EmergingMed’s service offering is confidential, phone-based support through the clinical trial search process by its Clinical Trial Specialists.