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As we cannot meet in person, we are working hard to reach out and provide digital support in place of our support events.

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.

 

Living with fatigue

Thursday 4 June, 11-12pm

Led by Mara Sheldon (Occupational Therapist)

Fatigue is not just a question of feeling tired, but actually feeling exhausted most of the time. This workshop will discuss the impact fatigue can have, especially during this challenging period. You will be able to share tips and experiences, ask questions and learn coping strategies to help make the most of your energy.

The online session will be streamed live in our In Touch Facebook group, but you will also be able to access it via Zoom. 

This event is free but you will need to register in order to receive information on how to join the session.

 

Relationships and intimacy in uncertain times

Thursday 18 June, 11-12pm

Led by Lynn Buckley (Psycho-sexual therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist)

Living with or beyond ovarian cancer can be extremely stressful and may put a strain on your relationships. Shielding and social distancing makes feeling supported and connected to friends, family or a partner even harder.

Join us and put your questions to Lynn. Use this interactive session to learn about approaches that may help with communication, body image, sex and intimacy during these unusual times.

This event is free but you will need to register in order to receive information on how to join the session.


Ask the experts - online Q&A with Professor Richard Edmondson

Monday 29 June 3-4pm

Join us for a question and answer session with Professor Richard Edmondson, oncologist and ovarian cancer researcher, and Valerie Lang, Nurse Adviser at Target Ovarian Cancer.

Our online ask the experts sessions give you the chance to put your questions about ovarian cancer to experienced clinicians and healthcare professionals. While this isn’t an alternative to asking questions to your own healthcare team, you will have the opportunity to find out more about ovarian cancer, treatment, care and research alongside other women with an ovarian cancer diagnosis. In the past we’ve answered questions on everything from new treatments to managing side effects, but each session is different and led by you.

The online session will be streamed live in our In Touch Facebook group, but you will also be able to access it via Zoom. You can send us your questions in advance, or ask them on the day.

This event is free but you will need to register in order to receive information on how to join the session.

About the experts

Professor Richard Edmondson is based in Manchester, where his role is split between looking after patients at St Mary’s Hospital, and carrying out research within the Manchester Cancer Research Centre. As well as treating women with ovarian cancer, he leads a research team developing new ways to target treatments, including surgery, to ensure that women get the best treatment at each particular stage of their cancer pathway.

Valerie Lang has spent a 30-year career in women’s health. Most recently she worked as a gynae oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), supporting women with gynaecological cancers – including ovarian cancer – from diagnosis right through treatment including surgery and chemotherapy. Val supports women with ovarian cancer on our Support Line.
 

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.

Being Together

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 

Supporting You

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.