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Women with ovarian cancer face many worries, feelings, and concerns that can make life difficult. Some find support groups for ovarian cancer to be helpful. These groups provide an environment where people can talk about living with cancer with others who may be having similar experiences. Other sources of support include your healthcare providers, counselors, and social workers.

Ovarian Cancer Support: An Overview

Learning that you have ovarian cancer can change your life and the lives of those close to you. These changes can be hard to handle. It is normal for you, your family, and your friends to have many different and sometimes confusing feelings. Some people find that they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of their disease. Some good sources of support for women with ovarian cancer may include:
 
  • Support groups
  • Healthcare providers
  • Other counselors.
     

Support Groups for Ovarian Cancer

Some women with the disease find ovarian cancer support groups to be helpful. In these groups, patients or their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of ovarian cancer treatment. Support groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or on the Internet.
 
It is important to keep in mind, however, that each woman is different. Ways that one woman deals with cancer may not be right for another. You may want to ask your healthcare provider about advice you receive from other women with ovarian cancer.
 

Ovarian Cancer Support From Your Healthcare Providers

People with ovarian cancer may worry about:
 
  • Caring for their families
  • Keeping their jobs
  • Continuing daily activities
  • Treatments for the disease
  • Managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills.
     
Doctors, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team can answer any ovarian cancer questions about treatment, working, or other activities.
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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