As we cannot meet in person, we are working hard to reach out and provide digital support in place of our support events. Our events are aimed at women with ovarian cancer, but anyone can watch past events back here. Don't forget to check back here regularly as we have lots more events in the pipeline.
Yoga and relaxation
Every Wednesday (from 13 May), 3-4pm
Led by Claire Brett-Pitt (qualified yoga instructor).
Yoga is a natural way to enhance wellbeing, as it helps you to relax, cope with stress and anxiety, and get some gentle exercise while you’re at home. Staying active can help with side effects, such as fatigue, and improve your emotional wellbeing, which is even more important at this time.
The instructor has experience in leading sessions for people with cancer, so will guide you safely. You can do it seated or standing – whatever feels right for you.
This session is free but you will need to register in advance.
Supporting a loved one with ovarian cancer
Thursday 20 August, 7-7.45pm
Led by Rachel Mugnai (specialist nurse at Target Ovarian Cancer)
Coming to terms with your loved one’s diagnosis can be hard. Join other partners, family and friends for an informal session on how best to support women with ovarian cancer while also looking after yourself. Rachel will cover communicating with your loved one, accessing and providing practical support, and understanding physical and emotional recovery.
This session is free, but you will need to register in advance. You can access the webinar in our Facebook group.
Ask the Experts - online Q&A with Dr Shibani Nicum and Valerie Lang
Thursday 27 August, 3-4pm
Join us for a session with Dr Shibani Nicum, Consultant Medical Oncologist, and Valerie Lang, a specialist nurse on Target Ovarian Cancer’s Support Line.
Our Ask the Experts sessions give you the chance to put your questions about ovarian cancer to experienced clinicians. This session is led by you. It’s an opportunity for everyone affected by ovarian cancer to come together to find out more about treatment, care, and research. Send us your questions in advance, or ask them on the day.
About the experts
• Dr Shibani Nicum is based in Oxford, where she specialises in the treatment of women with ovarian cancer and other gynaecological cancers at the Oxford Cancer Centre. She is also the Oxford gynae-oncology research lead. Dr Nicum’s particular interests are in BRCA mutations and the development of new personalised therapies. She is dedicated to making sure women with ovarian cancer can access high-quality, evidence-based treatments.
• Valerie Lang has spent a 30-year career in women’s health. Most recently she worked as a Gynae-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Val has a wealth of knowledge and experience covering all aspects of ovarian cancer and its treatment.
This session is free but you will need to register in advance. You can access the Q&A in our Facebook group.
Thursday 10 September, 3-4pm
Led by Trish Bartley (Mindfulness Teacher Trainer)
For many people, ovarian cancer brings uncertainty that can be hard to manage. Mindfulness can improve wellbeing by helping us to focus on the present moment. Trish will share some short and simple mindful approaches and practices that can be used in everyday life, to help manage stress and anxious moments. Practice alongside women that have received a diagnosis, family, and friends.
This taster session is free, but you will need to register in advance. You can access the session in our Facebook group.
Face-to-face support events
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, in line with government advice, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our planned face-to-face support events. The safety of those wishing to attend is of the utmost importance to us, so we are continuously reviewing these guidelines and aim to hold these events at a later date.
Our free nationwide events mean you can meet other women affected by ovarian cancer and access practical and emotional support. We announce dates for our events throughout the year. If you can't find an event local to you, sign up to our e-newsletter to receive regular updates and event announcements. We have three types of support events.
Our Being Together days are positive, informal events for all women who have had a diagnosis of any type of ovarian cancer, including primary peritoneal cancer and fallopian tube cancer. You will get the opportunity to meet other women, find out about the latest news in treatment and research from health professionals and take part in workshops. Take a look at our to see what's on offer
A cancer diagnosis can be frightening, and the impact for some on self-esteem and body image, and the increased pressure on relationships, can lead to feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Our Supporting You events offer support on these issues, and include presentations and workshops on: body image, self-esteem, sexuality and relationships, early menopause and HRT and coping with anxiety.
Ask the Experts conference
Our flagship Ask the Experts conference takes place every two years and connects the UK’s leading clinicians with women affected by ovarian cancer. The latest event took place at the University of Reading in September 2018. You can find all the presentations from previous conferences on our Ask the Experts page.