What is travel insurance and why do you need it?
Why is my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) not sufficient?
When it comes to buying travel insurance, what questions will I need to respond to?
Is it easier to get travel insurance when treatment is complete and I’m in remission?

Is it easier to get travel insurance when treatment is complete and I’m in remission? I heard it would be very expensive to get cover for America but ok for Europe. Is this true? If I decide to go to Europe can I just go with my European Health Insurance Card and possibly buy a Swiss Assist card? 

I can’t afford travel insurance covering pre-existing conditions for my trip to Canada, should I go without it?

My CA125 levels have recently risen slightly above normal and my GP has booked a scan (having had surgery and chemo for ovarian cancer in the past). I'm going to Canada in August 2013 with my daughters for three weeks. I have asked for a quote to cover all medical conditions, including pre-existing, and it was nearly £3000 (as much as the actual holiday!). I simply can't afford this.

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Do any companies offer insurance at a reasonable price to women with ovarian cancer?

My parents used to go abroad on holiday before my mum was diagnosed in 2008. Their reason for not going away now is because it’s difficult and expensive to get insurance. Are there any companies who offer insurance at a reasonable price for people who have been diagnosed? 

I have terminal ovarian cancer. Is there any reasonable insurance for me?

I have terminal ovarian cancer with a spread to the omentum. I’m not currently having any treatment, or taking medication. My scans are clear at the moment, and have been ok for the last two years. I would like to go to the USA, or, if that is too expensive, to one of the Canary Islands. Is there any insurance companies that can offer reasonable quotes or should I just get insurance without...

Should I shave my head?

I’m having chemotherapy and am horrified by the amount of hair falling out. I don’t know what to do about it. Some people think I should shave it off but I’m not sure how I feel about looking in the mirror at GI Jane. What are my options?

How can I make my eyebrows look full again?

How can I make my very sparse eyebrows look full and normal again? Since my hair has grown back, my eyebrows seem to be very sparse. Unfortunately I am rubbish with an eyebrow pencil, I look like a mad goth!

How can I cope with my added weight?

The treatment I’m having has caused me to put on weight. I find this hard to deal with, avoid mirrors and no longer know what suits me. My face looks chubbier and I’ve gone up two dress sizes. I don’t want to hide away in black tent dresses. Any tips? 

How can I improve the appearance of my skin?

My skin is no longer fresh and dewy since my treatment. I’ve got acne and it looks sallow. How can I improve the appearance of it? What type of products will help restore a fresh-faced glow? 

How can I give myself a makeover on a budget?

Since chemo, I don’t think I look right. I can’t put my finger on it but I’ve changed. I just don’t feel like the same person. Trouble is I’m broke and the family budget is stretched to breaking point. Do you have any bright ideas about alternative ways of a DIY make over, without spending too much?

I’ve got a work party coming up and want to look like the old me again. Any tips?
I look after my elderly mother but I am getting to the point of not being fit enough to do it myself. What help can I get?

I look after my elderly mother but I am getting to the point of not being fit enough to do it myself. What help can I get? I can’t afford private nursing. 

I need to get my finances in order but have no idea where to begin.

I’ve just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I need to get my finances in order but have no idea where to begin. What’s your advice? 

Are there any types of exercise that are particularly good for women both immediately post-op and later?

Are there any types of exercise that are particularly good for women both immediately post-op and later? And any that avoid the risk of causing or exacerbating lymphoedema? 

I am 75. At my age what exercise can I do?

I am 75 and have been cancer-free for five years. I know it’s important to stay active, but at my age what can I be doing? Does my history of illness limit what I can do? I feel too old to become a gym bunny, and all they seem to do is scary looking aerobics classes. 

Can I increase my exercise to moderate and strenuous things?

Before I had a hysterectomy and chemotherapy, I was walking regularly and doing body pump to tone up muscle. Some articles I have read on the internet say only to do light exercise but I want to know if I can increase to moderate and strenuous things like body pump, weights or spin classes? 

I have critical-illness insurance but so far the insurers have refused to pay out. Can you offer advice?

I have been diagnosed terminally-ill with stage 4 ovarian cancer. I have critical-illness insurance but so far the insurers have refused to pay out. They insisted on waiting for the result of my treatment. My cancer came back after only a few months and I am now participating in a medical trial.  I plan to contact the insurers again. Can you offer any advice?

When do I have to tell my employer that I have cancer?
My libido is low. Can you tell me about testosterone patches?

My libido is low since surgery, virtually non-existent in fact. I have heard about testosterone patches and implants; can you tell me a bit more about them?

Should I declare my cancer on a job application form?

I completed my degree last summer, around the same time that I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Having finished treatment a while ago, I now feel ready to apply for jobs. Should I declare my cancer on my application form or wait until the interview? Do I have to tell them at all? What are the benefits and drawbacks?

I have been referred to pain team. What should I expect?

I have a rare type of ovarian cancer. I have neuropathic pains and have been referred to pain team. I am still managing to work but it is impacting on other activities like housework and sport. When I get tired, I get more pain. What will happen on my first visit to pain team? What kind of tests can they do to show where the pain is coming from? What can be done to treat this kind of pain?

How can I come to terms with not being able to have a second child?

I have a two-year-old daughter and my husband and I have always wanted two children. I’ve just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and need to have a full hysterectomy. We’re devastated that we won’t be able to have more children and are struggling to come to terms with it. How we can deal with this? Are there any medical options? Would my cancer diagnosis stop us adopting or affect our chances...

What can I do to make my quality of life with ovarian cancer better?
Can you give any advice on diet for recurrent ovarian cancer and a recent bowel blockage?

The cancer is on the bowel and I've been advised it is in difficult location to treat including the front of the bowel. The hospital advised to follow a low residue diet but I sometimes still experience pain especially when the stool is moving through the bowel. I have had mixed advice about whether to include fibre in the diet. Can you give me any advice on diet so that I’m getting nutrients...

Are there any dietary supplements that might help boost my immune system during chemo?
Sexual recovery is very important. How do we get support from specialists?

Sexual recovery is very important. How do we get support from specialists?

Continuity of oncology care at my local GP is patchy, why is this?

It feels the minute you’re discharged from hospital you’re easily forgotten by local GPs. Continuity of oncology care at my local GP is patchy to say the least. Why is this?

Is there any specific diet /food that you’d advise to avoid or increase intake of?

Is there any specific diet /food that you’d advise to avoid or increase intake of?

What support is there for cancer survivors?

I’m currently free of cancer and finding it really hard to move on. What support is there for cancer survivors?

What precautions should I take before a holiday?
Are there any countries that women with ovarian cancer should avoid travelling to?
Can you give us any advice for a first trip away?
How long can women with ovarian cancer go on holiday for?
What tips can you offer for women travelling with medication?
Are there any activities that people with ovarian cancer should avoid on holiday?
What impact does writing to my MP have, for example as part of your postcode lottery campaign?

I wrote to my MP as part of your postcode lottery campaign back in June. What is the impact of me doing this? Do you collect data about women’s experiences of ovarian cancer to share with them?

Is there any evidence that turmeric works as an anti-cancer agent?

My wife has just finished chemo for relapsed ovarian cancer and we are trying to find information on reducing the risk of further relapses. We have read reports that turmeric works as an anti-cancer agent and wondered if you had heard anything about this?

Can the panel provide any advice on how I can best support my teenage children?

Can the panel provide any advice on how I can best support my teenage children when I have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer?

Are the experts aware of a link between cancer and depression?

Are the experts aware of a link between cancer and depression, or mental health issues?

‘Does it become easier to deal with the fear and anxiety about ovarian cancer coming back?

Does it become easier to deal with the fear and anxiety about ovarian cancer coming back or getting worse?  I find it’s my first thought every morning.

‘I’ve read that people that have certain cancers, including ovarian, shouldn’t eat flax seeds?

‘I’ve read that people that have certain cancers, including ovarian, shouldn’t eat flax seeds, as they have an oestrogen effect on the body.Is this true?’