Support

Need to talk? We’re here for you! Our oncology social worker is available to take your calls Monday – Friday, at 212-268-1002. If she isn’t available when you call, she’ll call you back within 24 hours.

To find local support organizations and resources near you, search our Community Partners page.

Support For Ovarian Cancer Survivors
Online and Face-to-Face Support Groups
Support for Young Adults With Ovarian Cancer
Camps, Retreats, and Wish Programs
Scholarships and School
Support for Caregivers, Spouses, and Children

Support for Ovarian Cancer Survivors

4th Angel Program
http://www.4thangel.org
The 4th Angel Program pairs adults who have or are caring for someone with cancer with a trained volunteer to act as their mentor. Mentors are cancer survivors and caregivers who have had similar experiences.

A Fresh Chapter
https://afreshchapter.com/
A Fresh Chapter empowers men and women to step beyond the label of cancer patient, survivor or caregiver while giving back to communities at home and abroad. Offers 1-2 week volunteer experiences help participants see that struggle is universal and it’s possible to heal, connect, and serve others while reclaiming your life.

CancerCare
http://www.cancercare.org
CancerCare provides a variety of support services for cancer patients and their caregivers.

CaringBridge
http://www.caringbridge.org
CaringBridge.org is a non-profit where you can create a personalized web site to share updates with your friends and family. The site allows you to keep a journal to share updates, create a planner to coordinate help from your friends, post photos and find encouragement.

Cancer Hope Network
https://www.cancerhopenetwork.org/
One on one mentor support available from diagnosis through survivorship.

Cancer Support Community
http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/
The Cancer Support Community is an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.

Imerman’s Angels
https://imermanangels.org/
Offers 1:1 mentor connections for patients, survivors, caregivers, and bereaved.

Inspire: Ovarian Cancer Online Community
https://www.inspire.com/groups/ovarian-cancer/
Connect with thousands of ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers through our free online community hosted by Inspire. This OCRA sponsored online support group provides the opportunity to ask questions and seek support from those who have had similar diagnosis and experiences.

Jasper
Hellojasper.com
Jasper is a smart planner for your cancer care. Know what to except, helpful calendar to stay on top of appointments and medications, and organize support from family and friends.

LiveStrong
http://www.livestrong.org/
The LiveStrong Foundation provides a range of programs and resources for cancer survivors, including programs for navigating treatment, survivorship, fertility, and finances.

MyLifeLine.org
https://ovarian.mylifeline.org/getstarted
Offered by Cancer Support Community in partnership with OCRA, create a free website to communicate with family and friends about your cancer treatment, ask for assistance and more.

Nancy’s List
https://nancyslist.org/nancys-list/
Nancy’s List was created by an ovarian cancer survivor. The extremely comprehensive site includes information links, book recommendations, essays, financial assistance resources, scholarship information, and academic advocacy links.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
http://www.canceradvocacy.org
Provides advocacy to ensure quality cancer care. This site shares current healthcare policy issues that impact cancer care.

Ovarian Cancer Canada
http://www.ovariancanada.org
This Canadian association is dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer, supporting women diagnosed with the disease, building awareness within both the public and healthcare industry, and funding research.

Ovacome
https://www.ovacome.org.uk
This support network in the United Kingdom provides information and support for everyone affected by ovarian cancer.

Sharsheret
http://www.sharsheret.org
Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Sharsheret provides education, outreach, community action events, and 1:1 support. The Foundation has some helpful publications such as “Facing Ovarian Cancer as a Jewish Woman” and “From the Practical to the Spiritual.”

Smart Patients
https://www.smartpatients.com/
An online community for patients and caregivers to communicate about their experiences with treatment, clinical trials and more.

Support Connection
https://supportconnection.org//
Support Connection provides one-on-one counseling and other support services, all free of charge, to women dealing with ovarian cancer as well as their family and friends. The Peer Counselors on Support Connection’s staff are cancer survivors themselves. You can speak with a Peer Counselor via toll-free telephone at 800-532-4290, or reach out via email at this link.

Online and Face to Face Support Groups

Connect with others online in our Staying Connected Online Support Groups, or connect one-on-one through our Woman to Woman peer support program.

4th Angel
http://www.4thangel.org

Cancer Care
https://www.cancercare.org/support_groups/51-ovarian_cancer_patient_support_group

Cancer Hope Network
https://www.cancerhopenetwork.org/

Cancer Compass
https://www.cancercompass.com/message-board/cancers/gynecological-cancer/1,0,119,38.htm

Daily Strength: ShareCare
https://www.dailystrength.org/group/ovarian-cancer

Imerman Angels
https://imermanangels.org/

SHARE
https://www.sharecancersupport.org/ovarian-cancer/support-groups

Small Cell Ovarian Cancer Yahoo Group
Email to join

Support Connection, Inc.
https://supportconnection.org/

Support for Young Adults with Ovarian Cancer

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
http://criticalmass.org/
Critical Mass is an alliance of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of young adults, ages 15-39, with cancer. The organization offers resources for young adults with cancer and hosts an annual conference.

Lacuna Loft
https://lacunaloft.org
Lacuna Loft offers online support and resources for young adult cancer survivors and caregivers.

Next Step Fund
http://www.nextstepnet.org/
Next Step hosts workshops and retreats for young adults with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Stupid Cancer
http://stupidcancer.org/
Stupid Cancer provides support services to patients, survivor, caregivers and providers working with young adults with cancer.

13thirty (formally Teens Living With Cancer)
http://13thirty.org/
This organization provides facts about cancer and an online community for teens and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Camps, Retreats and Wish Programs

Camp Braveheart
http://www.braveheartscamp.org
Oncology camp for women with several programs a year (fee).

Camp Good Days and Happy Times
https://www.campgooddays.org/
Woman’s oncology group session and SOAR (supportive spouse/ friend) session.

Camp Mak-A-Dream
https://www.campdream.org
Young adult and women adult retreat programs available whether newly diagnosed or long-term survivor.

Camp Weiser (part of the Me-One Foundation)
https://me-onefoundation.org/camp-wieser/
Family camp for adult with cancer, partner and children.

Commonweal Cancer Help Program
https://www.commonweal.org/
A week long program established to allow exploration of balance of mainstream and complementary therapies, and emotional and spiritual healing.

Epic Experience after Cancer
www.epicexperience.org
A week long outdoor adventure for individuals 18 and older who have been diagnosed with cancer.

First Descents
http://www.firstdescents.org
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

Harmony Hill
https://www.harmonyhill.org/
Offers weekend wellness workshops (for fee).

Reeling and Healing Midwest
http://fishon.org/
Fly fishing retreat for women surviving cancer (for fee)/

Women Beyond Cancer
http://www.womenbeyondcancer.org/index.html
A retreat on a horse farm for women with cancer.

Second Wind Retreat
http://www.secondwindretreat.org/
A peaceful location for an adult facing cancer to get away from the stress of treatment.

Send It Foundation
http://www.senditfoundation.org/
An outdoor adventure for young adult survivors.

Stowe Weekend of Hope
https://www.stowehope.org/
A weekend filled with education, support and peer connections in Stowe, VT each May.

Scholarships and School Resources

Finaid
http://www.finaid.org
Offers lists of scholarships for patients, survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, people who lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.

SAMFund
http://www.thesamfund.org/
The SAMFund provides financial assistance, graduate school scholarships, and online support to young cancer survivors (between ages 21-39).

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
http://www.collegiatecancer.org/
The NCCF provides need-based financial support to young adults, ages 18-35, who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as for bereaved children (parent died from cancer).

Support for College Students with Cancer
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/students-with-cancer/
Provides information on accommodations, scholarships and strategies to manage treatment related symptoms while in school.

Ulman Fund for Cancer
https://ulmanfund.org/scholarships
Scholarship available for individual between age of patient, survivor, sibling or child receiving treatment between the ages of 15-39.

Support for Caregivers, Spouses, and Children

AARP Caregiver Resources
https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/
A list of available resources.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
http://caregiveraction.org/
CAN offers resources and tools for caregivers in a variety of situations, including those who are new to being a caregiver, those who have been caregivers for a long time and those caring for a relative from a distance.

Help for Cancer Caregivers
http://www.helpforcancercaregivers.org/
This website is a free tool developed for cancer caregivers to assess and manage their own health and wellness needs.

Kids Konnected
http://www.kidskonnected.org/
Kids Konnected provides friendship, understanding, education and support for children who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. Services include support groups for children affected by cancer, junior and teen camps, and resources for children and families.

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving
http://www.rosalynncarter.org/caregiver_resources/
Provides extensive list of resources for caregivers on many topics.

National Cancer Institute: “When your parent has cancer”
https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/When-Your-Parent-Has-Cancer.pdf
A workbook for teens that may help your child express concerns and feelings while decreasing sense of isolation.

National Cancer Institute: Talking Time
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/takingtime/page3
Information from NCI about how cancer can affect families, including children, spouses, parents and other family members.

Well Spouse Association
http://www.wellspouse.org/
The Well Spouse Association provides resources and support to people who are caring for a spouse with a chronic illness or disability.