The study highlighted three key issues:
- delays in diagnosis
- how the current financial climate was impacting negatively on the ability of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) to support women with ovarian cancer
- the fall in the number of women being offered clinical trials.
The results of the study have helped Target Ovarian Cancer to:
- Drive the development of the Clinical Trials Information Centre, an online tool aimed at both women and clinicians, to enable more women with ovarian cancer to enter clinical trials and create our Clinical Trials manifesto.
- Launch the CNS hub, a one-stop shop for Gynaecological Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists, for sharing information on new ways of working, best practice and resources.
- Create the Pulse learning tool on familial ovarian cancer and create our BRCA gene statement.
- Launch the GP Advisory Board on ovarian cancer, bringing together leading GPs from around the UK in a bid to improve outcomes in early diagnosis for women.
- Campaign to have local ovarian cancer awareness pilots extended nationally.