There are many issues a woman faces when living with ovarian cancer. While the journey can be overwhelming, there is support, hope and help available to all survivors. You are never alone!
The American Cancer Society has a comprehensive website with a search feature to help survivors and family members find resources. In addition, MOCA has compiled this list of links to programs that ovarian cancer survivors and the larger cancer community have found to be beneficial.
- Road to Recovery (Rides to Treatment) – This American Cancer Society program provides resources for cancer patients who have trouble getting to and from treatments.
- Corporate Angel Network – Arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets.
- Angel Foundation – A community resource that provides emergency financial assistance to people while receiving treatment for cancer.
- Pay It Forward Fund – Provides assistance to women’s cancer patients to help pay their bills while they undergo treatment at North Memorial, Unity, Mercy or Monticello-Big Lake Hospitals. Covers essential living expenses.
- Financial Grants for Adoption – Lists numerous organizations that offer financial assistance to those looking to adopt.
- Patient Advocate Foundation – The Patient Advocate Foundation is now offering co-pay relief to qualifying women with ovarian cancer.
- Cancer Care – Provides assistance for cancer-related costs and co-pays, and professional oncology social workers can help you find additional resources.
- Lotsa Helping Hands – Free, private, web-based communities for organizing friends, family, and colleagues – your ‘circles of community’ – during times of need. Easily coordinate activities and manage volunteers with our intuitive group calendar.
- Open Arms – A Minnesota-based service, Open Arms provides home delivered meals to women with ovarian cancer in the Twin Cities.
- Alska – A secure platform created by an ovarian cancer survivor and healthcare professional. It helps patients and their caregivers better manage the details of care and more easily provide updates, coordinate tasks and store medical information. It is offered to MOCA members at no charge. You can see a demonstration of Alska here. To set up your care portal go to alska.com and click on the “Get Started” tab. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you were referred from MOCA.
- Cancer Legal Care – Provides free legal information and resources for cancer patients and their loved ones.
- Gilda’s Club – Emotional, social and psychological support community for everyone living with cancer.
- Look Good… Feel Better – The Look Good… Feel Better program of the American Cancer Society is a community-based, free, national service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
- Pathways Minneapolis – Pathways is a building, space, and a community. It is a place set aside for exploring ways to come to holistic health through classes, special events, and individual sessions.
- Rally Registry – A gift registry for cancer patients and their loved ones. Rally Registry allows you to browse products and services that will help you create a personalized registry to share with family and friends.
- Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care -Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care (MNHPC) helps educate people of all options when nearing end-of life and provides a state-wide perspective on advance care planning, palliative care and hospice care.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization -A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides resources and support to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services.
- Compassion and Choices -Compassion and Choices helps support and provides people with information and tools including advance directives, end-of-life planning and other educational materials.
Additional Resources for Young Survivors
Association of Cancer Online Resource (ACOR) An initiative of this organization includes a listserv dedicated solely to young survivors of all types of gynecologic cancers, including ovarian cancer. Members of this listserv include young survivors of MOCA, as well as young survivors of gynecologic cancers across the country and around the world. Click here to find out more about the listserv or to sign up.
Stupid Cancer Non-profit organization that addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media.
Information on parenthood options can be found at: Fertile Hope.
Established in October 2001, Fertile Hope is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. This website also provides resources for alternative parenting options including egg donation, surrogacy, and adoption.
For information on domestic and intercountry adoptions, we recommend you look at: National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.
Congress created this organization in 1987 to provide free information on all aspects of adoption.