Watch Expert Presentations from OCRA’s 2020 Virtual National Conference

Want to learn what’s new in ovarian cancer research and care for 2020? Start here.

This fall, we hosted our virtual Uniting for Hope Ovarian Cancer National Conference, where experts in the field presented on a wide range of topics– demystifying genetic testing and precision medicine, providing resources for financial support, explaining clinical trials, and so much more.

A record number of ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters from across the world joined us for the National Conference, asking questions in interactive Q&A sessions and making connections with other attendees. We were thrilled to bring this strong community together for the live presentations, and are so pleased to share these videos with you now. Bookmark this page, find the topics of interest to you, and watch at your own pace. And don’t forget to share with others who may need it!

About ovarian cancer…from the experts

Addressing Health Disparities Through Advocacy

Disparities in patient outcomes and survival have long existed in ovarian cancer, but the issue of health disparities–particularly racial disparities–has received renewed attention from state and federal lawmakers in this political environment. Learn more about this new landscape, and how to advocate, organize, and translate this attention into meaningful action for our patient community.

Advanced Care Planning

Making critical healthcare decisions and communicating those wishes to your medical team and family can be a daunting experience. Join Tracy Moore, LCSW and Nancy Cincotta, LCSW, MPhil for a discussion around goals of care, medical decisionmaking, documenting your wishes, estate planning considerations, and how to share your wishes with your loved ones.

Balancing Work and Cancer

Many cancer patients work while undergoing cancer treatment–whether they want to or not! Managing work and cancer at the same time can be challenging. Learn strategies from an expert on how to juggle it all.

Clinical Trials 101 (Q&A Session)

Clinical trials are a critical way to advance the science of ovarian cancer research. They can also be intimidating! Dr. Shannon Westin will demystify clinical trials and discuss what’s new.

Facing Cancer as a Young Woman

Learn strategies to deal with the unique set of challenges faced by young women with ovarian cancer, with Sarah Paul, MSW, LCSW, CancerCare.

How to Talk About Genetic Testing and Precision Oncology (and Why it’s So Confusing)

Precision oncology has ushered in new opportunities for diagnostic testing, targeted treatments, and risk management in ovarian cancer. Ensuring cancer patients are using consistent terms and definitions in talking with their providers about these new technologies and treatment pathways is essential to expanding their use and adoption. Learn about this new “language,” why it matters, and what you can do to help bring it into the mainstream.

Immunotherapy for Ovarian Cancer

Immunotherapies are drugs that target your body’s immune system to help fight cancer. Hear from Dr. Kunle Odunsi on the promise and challenges of this exciting area of research.

Integrative Medicine for Ovarian Cancer

Join Dr. Harpreet Gujral for a conversation about the beneficial role of evidence-based integrative medicine in ovarian cancer treatment, including yoga, massage and acupuncture.

Living with Ovarian Cancer: How Palliative Care Can Help

Palliative care is focused on managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life, and you can have it along with curative treatment. In this session hosted by Dr. Beth Popp, learn more about palliative care, how to access it, and how it can help you thrive.

Managing Ovarian Cancer Recurrence

All ovarian cancer survivors worry about recurrence. Join Dr. Stephanie Wethington for a discussion on the diagnosis and management of recurrent ovarian cancer.

Medical Cannabis

Cannabis has a long history of medical use and has been legal for medical use in some states for decades. Come and learn about using cannabis medicine including potential benefits, adverse effects, pros and cons of modes of use and other important considerations.

Navigating Financial Fallout from Cancer

An ovarian cancer diagnosis impacts every aspect of your life, including your finances. Learn options for managing the impact, how to work with your hospital, and how pharmaceutical patient access programs work.

Newly Diagnosed: Ovarian Cancer 101

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it’s normal to have lots of questions. Learn the basics of the disease and what to expect as you move from treatment through survivorship.

Racial Disparities in Ovarian Cancer

From the point of diagnosis through treatment, racial disparities in ovarian cancer exist and disproportionately impact Black women. Join gynecologic oncologist Dr. Dineo Khabele to better understand this important issue, and what we can do about it.

Rare Ovarian Cancers

Join expert Dr. David Gershenson for a discussion focused on new research and treatment of rare types of ovarian cancer.

Sexuality and Intimacy After Cancer

It’s normal and common to experience changes and challenges with sex after cancer. Join Dr. Sage Bolte for a presentation on the impact cancer and its treatments have on sexual function, body image and intimacy, and explore ways to improve each of these.

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