6 Trustworthy Online Resources for Ovarian Cancer Information

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Finding information online about the diagnosis of ovarian cancer or treatment options for the disease can be overwhelming. This site is a fantastic place to start, and I’m glad you’ve found your way here. There are other internet sites with valuable information, but sometimes it is hard to discern which sites contain trustworthy information.

Below, I’ll share with you some sites that I have found to be reputable and reliable for ovarian cancer information.


1. Cancer.net

This patient-friendly website, Cancer.net, is filled with information vetted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the major society representing oncology and cancer care in the United States. Their pages on ovarian cancer include quite a bit of overview on each topic, from statistics and diagnosis to treatment options and survivorship. If you want to learn more about latest research in ovarian cancer, Cancer.net has a summary page on that, too.

2. Cancer.org

The American Cancer Society is well-known for their patient support programs, and their Cancer.org website has plenty of great information on ovarian cancer as well as on how to find support and treatment.

3. SGO.org

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the organization that represents gynecologic oncologists as well as other gynecologic cancer specialists, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, social workers, and researchers.

The SGO.org website is primarily aimed at health care providers, but there is a section of the site dedicated to providing patient and caregiver information. I particularly like their focus on providing a Survivorship Toolkit for women with gynecologic cancers, including printable documents to help women in their journey through cancer care.

4. ClinicalTrials.gov

A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the ClinicalTrials.gov website is a searchable repository of clinical trials, including clinical trials focused on ovarian cancer. A simple search for “ovarian cancer” will yield any clinical trial on the disease, including studies that are completed or not yet open to patients. To refine your search, use the Advanced Search feature.

For my patients who are looking for ovarian cancer treatment clinical trials, I always recommend using the Advanced Search feature to search for “ovarian cancer” and to filter results to include “Open Studies” and “Interventional Studies.” Under the “Locations” heading, you can also filter results by the state you wish to be treated in. You can search by phase of trial, as well.

For example, to find ovarian cancer treatment studies that are open to recruitment (that is, patients can now enroll in these studies) in the state of New York, a refined search yields 61 clinical trials as of the date of this search (May 24, 2015).

Keep in mind that the number and type of clinical trials changes as trials open and close, so repeated searches over time might be helpful.

5. Cancer.gov

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) also has a wealth of information about ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer on Cancer.gov. If you prefer to read information directed at health professionals, their ovarian cancer page has a link to that as well. This is a valuable site filled with reliable information that has been updated in the recent past so that it is easy to navigate and very user-friendly.

6. Other Sites

There are several nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer care, and these may also be good starting points in your search for information. The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer are four examples. Not only do these sites, and sites like the American Cancer Society's Cancer.org have a variety of cancer information, but many will point you toward community resources and support, either online, by phone, or in person in your community.

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