Survivors Teaching Students is a practical and innovative volunteer project in which volunteers with ovarian cancer educate clinical students and work towards ending the problem of late diagnosis. 

We have now reached 2,500 medical, nursing and other clinical students and our feedback shows that STS can improve their knowledge of ovarian cancer signs and symptoms, risk factors and referral guidelines by 50 per cent. 

The project aims to ensure that the students remember the presenters and their stories, so that when they qualify and meet women with similar symptoms they will recall the volunteers’ stories and consider ovarian cancer much earlier in the process of diagnosis.   

STS started in 2014 and since then we have presented more than 60 sessions; more sessions are coming up in the next academic year.  STS depends on our volunteer presenters who are prepared to share their stories, answer frank questions and chat openly with students. 

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Survivors Teaching Students Online

Since 2020, Ovacome has taken the STS project online so that we can continue to educate clinical students while Covid restrictions are still in place.

Medical and nursing school can book a live webinar, in which students can hear from our volunteers and ask them questions directly about their experiences. If this is a possibility, we can also provide recordings of our volunteers' stories, outlining the issues of late diagnosis and the important of recognising often dismissed signed of ovarian cancer. 

If you are an educator and would like to book an STS Online session for your students, please click below or email [email protected] , providing details of your organisation. 

Book a session

If you've been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you are interested in becoming a Survivors Teaching Students volunteer, sharing your story to raise awareness among doctors and nurses, get in touch with Ruth at [email protected] .

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Feedback from students:

"The session made the symptoms far more memorable."

"It is much more effective than a Powerpoint lecture. I will remember it better!"

"It is easy to read about symptoms in a book but to have them described by women in this way will remain with me far more."

"It is something to always consider - women are often shunted towards the gastrointestinal department because of non-specific symptoms. It is important to communicate possibilities with patients."

"It has been very good to hear individual experiences, showing the impact of the disease on a person.  I will also now know to look for support groups to recommend to patients."