Ovacome is the national UK charity providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer.  At the heart of everything that we do, and every decision that we make, is the knowledge and understanding that cancer support needs to be unconditionally available to everyone, everywhere.

Ovacome support services will remain open as usual; you can reach our team from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, with extended hours until 8pm on Tuesdays. Call 0800 008 7054 or email [email protected] .

Ovacome has been pioneering the use of remote support services for years, because we recognise that even without circumstances such as these, many members of our community cannot travel, either because they are too unwell, are immunocompromised, or live in a remote area.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have been working closely with NHS England and the British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS), to make sure that we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk to our community, while continuing to ensure that ovarian cancer support services are available to all.  We are working with our Medical Advisory Board to ensure that we have the most current, up-to-date information on the virus and its implications for our members, so that our support services are ready to answer your questions.

Ovacome already runs a number of online services and has been doing so for over 15 years:

We will always prioritise the health and safety of our members, but recognise that there is a genuine need for support for those at the heart of our community, who we would never want to let down. 

In March 2020 we launched our new Staying Connected service, a series of online workshops and other resources to help our community to feel connected, supported and informed during these unprecedented times. We are running several online workshops on various topics every week, allowing you to speak directly to experts and ask them your questions. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can send in your questions for the speaker. The sessions are really easy to join, you can use your landline, mobile, computer or tablet. Ovacome staff are also here to help you if you have any problems. Find out more on our Staying Connected page.

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NHS England have written to people who are extremely vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19, asking them to self-isolate for 12 weeks from the day they receive the letter. If you think you are in this group of people and have not received a letter or been contacted by your GP by 30 March, you should contact your GP for advice, or contact your medical team if you are currently having cancer treatment. 

You can read the guidance on the government website here.

You can register yourself as an extremely vulnerable person here

For information on coronavirus for people with cancer, you can read and download the advice written by the One Cancer Voice group.

For further information about coronavirus and cancer, visit the Macmillan and Cancer Research UK websites.

For advice on how to protect both yourself and your loved ones, visit the NHS website.

If you have any questions, call our support team on 0800 008 7054 or email [email protected] .

Page last updated: 3 April 2020 at 13.12