When you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer it is understandable to worry about what a cancer diagnosis will mean for you and to be scared that you will die. We know that cancer is a serious illness which can limit life. You may have been told that your advanced ovarian cancer is not curable, but this does not mean it is not treatable. Advanced ovarian cancer is managed a chronic condition with periods of treatment aimed at keeping you as well as possible for as long possible.

It can be useful for everyone to think about end of life issues when they are feeling well and able to put plans in place. This will mean individual preferences around care and practical issues can be taken into account. Below are some resources offering information and support around end of life issues which may be helpful.

When you feel scared and alone, we are here for you: call our support line on 0800 008 7054 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm or email [email protected] Other ways to contact our support service are detailed here


Watch End of life care: what to expect with Dr Sarah Batty, palliative care doctor



End of Life Matters group

The Ovacome End of Life Matters online group is for anyone who wants to discuss issues around end of life. You don't have to be receiving end of life care to attend.  We aim to talk about emotional and practical issues in a supportive way as we approach the last part of our lives – however we define that time.

The group will share experiences of talking with family and friends about arrangements for future care, how we would like to live now, and how we want to approach the end of our lives. The group aims to provide friendship and support and respects the views of people of faith and others.  

We meet from 12 noon to 1:30 pm on the third Tuesday of every month.

Register for the group here


Useful websites and resources

These are some websites which offer information and support around end of life issues:

Macmillan information on end of life

NHS information on end of life care (including living wills and power of attorney)  

UK government advice on making a will

Age UK information on end of life issues

Age UK information on end of life planning

Marie Curie provide help and support for terminal illness

Hospice UK information and support 

Compassion in Dying information and support around end of life decisions

Dying Matters is a coalition of members which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life 

UK Care Guide on the steps you need to take when someone dies in the UK

Bereavement Advice Centre includes lots of practical advice about what to do when someone dies 

Cruse bereavement care 

GriefChat provide free, professional support through grief with a qualified bereavement counsellor


If you have any questions or need any further information please contact our support service team on 0800 008 7054 or email [email protected]


Disclaimer: You should consult your medical team for individual specialist advice. Links to commercial and third-party websites are for general interest. Ovacome does not endorse any commercial product or accept any liability for loss or damage resulting from this information or that contained within third-party websites.


Last updated July 2023. Due for review July 2025.