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The ovarian cancer care standard sets out the five principles of care that enable women to live well with ovarian cancer. It extends beyond treatment and includes the wider care and support offered to women. This can radically improve a woman’s experience and ability to live well with ovarian cancer. You can also download the standard here. 

The five principles are:

1. Women’s care and support is Clinical Nurse Specialist-led

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are central in providing and coordinating care that meets the needs of women with ovarian cancer.

What does this mean for women?

CNSs are able to answer questions on treatment including side effects, coordinate and guide the care that women receive, and signpost to other sources of support.

2. Women’s care is holistic, meeting wider support needs

The impact of ovarian cancer treatment extends well beyond the effects of surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments.

What does this mean for women?

Women are supported to cope with the impact on their mental wellbeing, sexuality, body image, fertility (for those women yet to go through the menopause) and more.

3. Women are well supported from the point of diagnosis through treatment and follow-up

Women’s support needs change as they progress through diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up and appropriate support need to be available throughout.

What does this mean for women?

Women are introduced to their CNS at the point of diagnosis and are able to access holistic support through all stages of treatment and follow-up.

4. Women receive high-quality information specific to their needs

Women benefit from high-quality information, including written information, that enables them to process their diagnosis and treatment options and to make informed decisions.

What does this mean for women?

Women are provided with information specific to their diagnosis and treatment, including information on recurrence.

5. Women with a recurrence receive support specific to their needs

Women who have experienced a recurrence report that it can be more distressing than the initial diagnosis.

What does this mean for women?

Women are able to access information specific to recurrent ovarian cancer and receive the same personalised support as they do for first-line treatment.