Ovacome is a long established ovarian cancer charity. We were founded and are run by women with ovarian cancer themselves and are therefore especially sensitive to the needs of women with this devastating diagnosis. We have been supporting women affected by ovarian cancer and their families since 1996.
Ovacome exists to support women and their family through providing dedicated help and information. Our fully qualified team give expert guidance, personalised clinical and research information, emotional support and resources to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer or worried they might be at risk; and their family and friends. We run the only ovarian cancer online forum which is accessible, informal and patient led; where women with ovarian cancer, and their family, can discuss their experiences with other women suffering from the disease. They offer each other encouragement, knowledge, understanding and friendship creating a much needed support community across the UK. Our team contribute to the forum to offer support and answers to questions. It is an important and valuable support hub for those coping with ovarian cancer.
Our support can go on for years. We have a membership of approximately 5,500 but provide support and help to thousands more. Ovacome campaigns to help women and health professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer – and for high quality care and treatment to be available to all.
We also carry out research into ovarian cancer and run a highly successful UK Survivors Teaching Students programme, giving presentations and educating student nurses, doctors and specialists, from undergraduate to postgraduate level on signs, symptoms and experiences of women with ovarian cancer – we are the European representatives of this programme. We produce a newsletter three times a year which contains up to date information on medical developments and we provide clinically approved fact sheets on our website and in print form.
We value contact with our members and have developed friendships with many of them. Every year Ovacome runs a free Members’ Day with talks by top health professionals and researchers and sessions which provide opportunities for women with ovarian cancer to meet and support each other. We are unique as our chief executive is also a trained medical professional and our highly dedicated staff of six and trustee body have direct experience of ovarian cancer. Our founder, Sarah Dickinson, herself an ovarian cancer sufferer, wanted other women to be able to access clear, reliable information, support and advice. The work we do today still reflects her vision.
Our vision and our values
We raise awareness