Target Ovarian Cancer: supporting everyone affected by ovarian cancer over Christmas

Catherine Murray, Head of Communications at Target Ovarian Cancer

17th December 2019

Over 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year. Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, working closely with women, family members and health professionals to transform diagnosis, treatment and support for the more than 25,000 women in the UK who are living the disease.

Support for women

The run-up to Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for women and their families and friends. Tiredness, pressure to entertain, lack of appetite and worrying about the future are common concerns. We believe fundamentally that every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer should receive the right support at the right time, in the way that is right for her. Our nurse-led Support Line is available for anyone affected by ovarian cancer – from women with ovarian cancer to family and friends. Our nurse advisers are on hand Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm in the run-up to Christmas to provide confidential advice, support and signposting to anyone who is struggling. Our nurse advisers can be contacted by calling 020 7923 5475.

Our living well with cancer at Christmas podcast is also available for women looking for advice about coping physically and mentally over the festive period. This can be found by searching for Target Ovarian Cancer on Spotify or by visiting Target Ovarian Cancer’s podcasts page.

Women with ovarian cancer who may be feeling isolated over the holidays can join In Touch, Target
Ovarian Cancer’s private Facebook group, to connect with other women wherever they are in the UK, share hints and tips about living well, and arrange meet-ups. The group is open to anyone with ovarian cancer within our community but can’t be accessed by members of the public, so it’s safe, welcoming and understanding. To sign up women can visit our In Touch page.

Support for GPs and primary care professionals

If diagnosed at the earliest stage (Stage I), 92% of women with ovarian cancer survive five years or more. Primary care has a pivotal role in ensuring women are put on the right path for diagnosis as soon as possible, but diagnosis is not always easy. Target Ovarian Cancer has already trained over half of GPs and works to raise awareness across the UK. Our free eLearning module, developed in partnership with RCGP, will update your knowledge of ovarian cancer symptoms presentation and clinical guidance from NICE and SIGN. GPs and GP nurses can access the e-learning module by visiting our website.

Finally, Target Ovarian Cancer provides information and advice through our guides and resources. Symptoms leaflets, diagnosis top tips for primary care staff, guides for women, whatever their circumstances, and practical mini guides on topics like diet and nutrition, finances and stomas, are just some of the resources available. Download or order online.