Support Series / Staying Connected

Gynecologic cancer patients, survivors, friends and family are invited to join us for our virtual support programs facilitated by our Patient Support team.

Staying Connected launched in the early, isolated days of the pandemic, in order to provide those diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer with a place to meet others, feel supported, and gain a sense of community. An initial weekly Zoom meeting facilitated by an Oncology Social Worker evolved into a comprehensive nationwide program of weekly and monthly online gatherings, offering invaluable connection and support. Registration is required.

Weekly Sessions — scroll down for group descriptions, and to register

Monthly Sessions — scroll down for group descriptions, and to register

Weekly Sessions

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Living Well After Recurrence: Mondays at 1PM ET

Join us for a weekly psychoeducational support session, facilitated by an Oncology Social Worker, for those diagnosed with a recurrence of a gynecologic cancer who want to connect with others about navigating options, integrative therapies, quality of life, and strategies for living well after recurrence.

May 20 – Register

Please note: There will be no group on Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Living Well will resume on Monday, June 3.

June 3 – Register

June 10 – Register

Endometrial and Uterine Cancer: Mondays at 3PM ET

Join us for a weekly psychoeducational support session, facilitated by an Oncology Social Worker, for those diagnosed with endometrial and uterine cancer who want to connect with others with their diagnosis.

May 20 – Register

Please note: There will be no group on Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday. The Endometrial and Uterine Cancer group will resume on Monday, June 3.

June 3 – Register

June 10 – Register

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New Diagnosis: Tuesdays at 1PM ET

Join our weekly psychoeducational support session facilitated by an Oncology Social Worker, for those newly diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, or those who have completed front-line therapy. Discussions focus on navigating diagnosis and treatment, coping with treatment symptoms, completing therapy, and finding a new normal.

May 21 – Register

May 28 – Register

June 4 – Register

June 11 – Register

Loved Ones: Wednesdays at 3PM ET

Support for partners, spouses, parents, adult children, and friends.

May 22 – Register

May 29 – Register

June 5 – Register

June 12 – Register

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Evolving Hope: Fridays at 1PM ET

This weekly psychoeducational support session, facilitated by an Oncology Social Worker, is for those diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, and focuses on themes that include goals of care, advance care planning, legacy-making, and dying well.

For more information about this group, please email us at support@ocrahope.org.

Monthly Sessions

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Young Adults

Meet other young adult survivors to discuss care and share support. This group will be held on select Tuesdays monthly at 7 PM ET.

June 11 – Register

Express Yourself!

Each month OCRA hosts an Expressive Arts session that will provide an opportunity to create, explore, and share. Meetings are 90- minute sessions via Zoom, facilitated by two Oncology Social Workers – Tracy and Nancy. Each month’s session will include a themed therapeutic activity combined with discussion.

We send links upon registration and resend links the day of the event. Please call us at (212) 268-1002 if you have not received the link in advance of the session. 

Please note: the registration deadline for US participants is one week prior to the date of the session. The deadline for international participants is two weeks prior to the date of the session.

OCRA’s Express Yourself series is generously sponsored by AstraZeneca, GSK, Merck, and GRAIL.

Registration is closed for our May Express Yourself! session. Please stay tuned for more information coming soon about our June session.

Book Club

Please join us for a monthly facilitated Book Club to provide a space to reflect and connect around a shared reading. Sessions will be 90 minutes and are open to individuals who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Each month’s book selection will be mailed to registered participants in advance of the session. Participants should come to Book Club having read the selected book and ready to share thoughts and reflect on the book’s themes.

Please note: in order for participants to receive the selected book in the mail prior to the session, the deadline for US participants is one week prior to the date of the session. The deadline for international participants is two weeks prior to the date of the session. 

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May 28, 3 pm ET: The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

Join us on Tuesday, May 28 from 3-4:30 pm ET for our May Book Club. We will be reading The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown. The deadline to register for US participants is Tuesday, May 21; for international participants, the deadline has passed.

Click here to register!

June 11, 3 pm ET: Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

Join us on Tuesday, June 11 from 3-4:30 pm ET for our June Book Club. We will be reading Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld. The deadline to register for US participants is Tuesday, June 4; for international participants, the deadline is Tuesday, May 28.

Click here to register!

Community Agreements

Community Agreements have been developed to protect you and all participants, and the sanctity and privacy of these groups. Adherence to these agreements is required to attend our sessions:

  • Please register in advance for each session*
  • Please plan on attending the group from the start through the entire program (once group has begun no further members will be able to join)
  • Please attend the group in a private and quiet setting, and plan to remain on video for the duration of the meeting
  • Please protect members’ confidentiality
  • Please respect all members and offer feedback without judgement or negativity
  • Please register for one Staying Connected session per week based on the topic that best fits your needs. Our monthly Express Yourself and Book Club may be attended in addition to one weekly group.

*We recommend you register at least 24 hours in advance, but no later than 15 minutes in advance of the session. Your meeting link will be provided upon registration. If you have not received your meeting link by the morning of the session, please contact ehynes@ocrahope.org during business hours for assistance.

Support Group calls are held via Zoom Pro.

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Need Help Now?

In crisis now? If you need help due to a medical emergency, please call 911 and notify your physician. If you are feeling suicidal or are having an emotional emergency, please call or text the suicide prevention hotline at 988 or visit 988lifeline.org.

Staying Connected is generously sponsored by: