First Steps

This section of our website is dedicated to you. It is intended to help you on this journey.

Need to talk with someone? We are available to answer your questions. You can call OCRA at 866-399-6262 or email us for further assistance.

A Checklist to Guide Your First Steps:

  • Find a gynecologic oncologist to help treat you
  • Ask your doctor about enrolling in a clinical trial
  • Find support online and in your community

First things first: find a gynecologic oncologist to treat you.

Many studies conducted over the past decade have shown that an ovarian cancer patient’s chance of survival is significantly improved when a gynecologic oncologist performs her surgery. Some studies showed survival rates as much as 50 percent greater, compared to women whose surgeries were done by surgeons less experienced in the techniques used to treat ovarian cancer. To find a gynecologic oncologist in your area:

Next, ask your doctor about enrolling in a clinical trial.

Clinical trials are available for women in every stage of treatment—before, during and after. Our website can guide you through some of the common questions about clinical trials. If you want to look for a clinical trial, we offer a free matching service for women with ovarian cancer or you can search for information from the National Institutes of Health.

Then find support services.

Our online community will connect you to more than 46,000 people who have been touched by ovarian cancer. You can also search our list of Community Partner groups throughout the world, many of whom offer in-person support.

Get as much information as you need but not too much: For some women, reading all the books, websites and even scientific literature about ovarian cancer gives them a sense of empowerment about their disease and helps them cope. But other women don’t necessarily want to know so much, or are overwhelmed by the complexity of medical information. Know your limits and accept them. If you aren’t comfortable reading medical information, you might want to ask a friend or loved one to do research for you.

Finally, remember to call or email us if you need assistance.