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Resources and organisations

Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with ovarian cancer and its treatment. 

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website. 

Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.

If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question online.

We also have news, health awareness leaflets and other resources on cancer. 

Ovarian cancer support and information organisations

Helpline: 0800 008 7054 (open 5 days a week, 10am - 5pm)

Spracklen House, East wing 
Dukes Place
SL7 2QH 

This organisation provides information about many women's health issues. For a minimum donation of £10 to cover costs, they can give personalised email advice about your reproductive, gynaecological or sexual health. Produces booklets on a range of subjects including hormone replacement therapy, menopause, hysterectomy and ovarian cysts. 

The American National Cancer Institute's information on ovarian cancer. It is detailed and comprehensive, written for an American audience.

General support organisations

Macmillan CancerLine: 0808 808 0000 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 8pm; information available in other languages)
Textphone: 0808 808 0121

Books about ovarian cancer and coping with menopause

M Heffernan and M Quinn
Michelle Anderson Publishing, 2003
ISBN 0855723327

Suzie Hayman
Sheldon, 2002
ISBN 085969870X

Wendy Green
Summersdale 2009
ISBN 1840247207

Kathy Abernethy
Bailliere Tindall, 2002
ISBN 0702026352

Kathryn Petras
Avon Books 2000
ISBN 0380805413

Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

From Macmillan Cancer Support

Coping with advanced cancer
Controlling cancer pain (also on CD)
Coping with hair loss (also on CD)
Healthy eating and cancer
Lost for words - how to talk to someone with cancer (also on CD)
Sexuality and cancer
Talking about your cancer
Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer (also on CD)
Understanding cancer of the ovary (also on CD)
Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials)
Understanding chemotherapy (also on CD)
Understanding radiotherapy (also on CD)

From Ovacome

Borderline ovarian tumours
Ovarian cancer and your sexuality
If your bowel is blocked
Clear cell carcinoma of the ovary
Rare ovarian tumours

From Target Ovarian Cancer

What Happens Next? A guide for women with a recent diagnosis of ovarian cancer
Back Here Again: A guide for women whose cancer has come back
Looking After Me: A guide for women with advanced or terminal ovarian cancer

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who have shared their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk has an online library of interviews with people who have lived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. See what they say about lifestyle choices, physical effects, work, family and more. 

Find local cancer information and support

NHS Choices helps you to find local cancer information and support.

Information and help

Dangoor sponsorship

About Cancer generously supported by Dangoor Education since 2010.