Resources

Additional information on ovarian cancer, local treatment centers and various forms of survivor and family support can be found through the links listed under each category on the left.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer was founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) in 1991. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA)

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a patient-led, umbrella organization uniting ovarian cancer activists, women’s health advocates and health care professionals in the effort to increase public and professional understanding of ovarian cancer and to advocate for more effective diagnostics, treatments and a cure.

The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio is a proud partner member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund was founded to fund research in order to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. In support of their mission, they help patients and their loved ones understand the disease and its treatment, and provide outreach programs to raise public awareness.

OCRF and L’Oréal Paris have teamed up with CancerCare (a national nonprofit which provides free counseling and education services to survivors and families affected by cancer) to launch a “Hope Line” for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Women with ovarian cancer can now find immediate assistance to better cope with their diagnosis by calling 877-OV-HOPE-1 (877-684-6731).

This service is free and the lines are staffed with oncology social workers.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition exists to raise awareness and promote education on ovarian cancer. They are committed to improving the quality of life for women with the disease.

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute

This is a world class health care facility focused on improving the lives of cancer patients.

The Mark H. Zangmeister Center

The Mark H. Zangmeister Center is dedicated to providing the best quality care for patients and families. They provide advanced technological care while meeting the physical, social, emotional, economic and spiritual needs of each inpidual patient.

OhioHealth Bing Cancer Care Services

OhioHealth Care Cancer Care services is provided by OhioHealth hospitals with a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care providing a range of services to their patients.

The following is a list of links where you can find information on survivor and family support groups that specialize in helping those dealing with cancer.

Healing Hands Power of Touch provided by The Spa School- The Spa School provides relaxing and holistic spa service to cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. For more information please call 614-888-0790.

CancerCare Ovarian Cancer Patient Support Group

This 15-week online support group provided by CancerCare is for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who are currently receiving treatment. In this group led by an oncology social worker, patients give support to each other and share resources and information.

To join this group, you will need to complete an online registration process. After joining this password-protected group, you can read and post messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

State Date:
Monday, February 2, 2015
(Group accepts new members after start date)

End Date:
Friday, May 15, 2015

Register:
To register for this online support group, please visit their website here.

Cancer Support Community – Central Ohio

The Wellness Community is a non-profit organization that was developed to help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through emotional support, education and hope programs. All programming is provided free of charge.

Healing Journey for Children

Children can be, and often are, a forgotten population at times of serious illness or death in the family. The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute has comprehensive programs to support children, ages 2 through 19, from the point of diagnosis of the serious illness of a loved one through three years post death, should that occur.

Programs are free and open to all children who have a family member diagnosed with a serious illness regardless of where the family member is being treated. Children and their families participate in programs as often as they feel it is needed. 6 six-week programs a year are offered.

The Haven of Hope

The mission of Haven of Hope Cancer Foundation is to promote the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being of cancer patients, survivors and their families along their journey with the disease. The purpose of Haven of Hope Cancer Foundation is to provide programs and services designed to support and assist cancer patients, survivors and their families throughout their journey.

Cancer Wellness Program at McConnell Heart Health Center

Looking for assistance with changing your lifestyle or even getting started with an exercise program after your cancer diagnosis? Look no further. The Cancer Wellness Program at the McConnell Heart Health Center is an 8-week program that uses exercise, education and peer support to empower cancer patients to improve their quality of life at any given stage of their treatment. Go to the link below and click on, “Cancer Wellness.”

JamesCare for Life Gynecological Cancers Support Group

This is a support group for women having any type of gynecological cancer. While the name of the cancer may differ, the experiences and support needs can often be very similar. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month from September through June. They are held at the OSU Gyn Oncology at Mill Run, 3651 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.
If you would like more information, call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428.

Cleaning For A Reason

This is a nonprofit that offers free professional housecleaning, and maid service to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. They partner with professional residential maid services who are insured and/or bonded to take on 2 patients at a time and offer four free cleanings – one a month for four months.

Air Charity Network

The Air Charity Network provides access to those seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to a family, community or national crisis.

Angel Flight

Angel Flight arranges free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. The service is available to both individuals and health care organizations. Transportation is also arranged for people who are in financial distress or are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition. They primarily serve patients in need of transportation in the heartland region but can work with other organizations to coordinate longer flights.

Corporate Angel Network

The Corporate Angel Network arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets. Eligibility to participate in the program is open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary.

Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge was created by the American Cancer Society to provide cancer patients and their families with a free, temporary place to stay when traveling for treatment requires going to another city. There are thirty Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. Accommodations and eligibility can vary by location and room availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Joe’s House

Joe’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides a nation-wide online service specializing in helping cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.

National Patient Travel Center

The purpose of the National Patient Travel Center is to aid patients in reaching a destination that provides specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment that is not readily available in their area and can not be reached due financial needs.

Road to Recovery

The purpose of the American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery” program is to provide cancer patients with much needed rides to treatment. Transportation to and from treatment is provided for cancer patients who either don’t have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Drivers donate their time and vehicles to provide this support. If you are interested in finding out if this service is available in your area, please contact 1-800-227-2345.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. The ACS offers a variety of services and programs for patients and their families. Types of financial assistance can include: Cancer Treatment (includes side effects, late effects), Children/Young Adults, Health Insurance/Co-Payments, Lodging (during treatment), Medication, Practical Needs (mortgage, rent, food, transportation), Screening.

870 Michigan Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (888)-227-6446
Fax: (877)-227-2838

CancerCare

Cancercare has provided limited grants for certain expenses related to treatment for more than 60 years. Its financial assistance program is one of the longest running and best regarded in the country.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC)

The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a coalition of organizations that help cancer patients manage their financial challenges by educating them about existing resources. Patients or health care providers can search the CFAC database for organizations that help with specific cancer diagnoses or that provide a specific type of assistance or need. CFAC is a coalition of organizations and cannot respond to individual requests for financial assistance via e-mail or telephone.

Christians Overcoming Cancer

This group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help cancer patients succeed on their road to recovery through awareness, emotional support and financial relief services. Services are provided to all cancer patients while in active treatment with respect, compassion, and without religious discrimination.

200 E Campus View Blvd, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 985-3750

Financial Guidance for Cancer Survivors and Their Families

If you have just been told you have cancer, you probably have a lot of worries and concerns. Many of these issues are emotional; some of them are financial. It may seem that everything is happening at once: meeting doctors and nurses, starting treatments, deciding who to tell about your diagnosis, and filling out insurance forms. It may seem overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to remember that you are not alone – help is available. For example, your health care team will help guide you through the treatments you will need. Cancer support groups, as well as your loved ones, can help you understand your feelings. And financial help may be available, too.

The information shared here was prepared by the American Cancer Society to help you control your finances so you can better focus your energies on your treatment and recovery. It gives general guidance to help you cope with your cancer diagnosis.

Kathy Bates’ Fight For Survival

How should you cope with the hardships of ovarian cancer? For Kathy Bates, you stay brave and you embrace who you are as a woman.

Kathy Bates


Well known actress and ovarian cancer survivor, Kathy Bates, teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to provide a public service announcement (PSA) on ovarian cancer. She has provided the community with both a 30-second PSA and a more in-depth interview to help increase awareness about the disease. Kathy continues to support the organization and the cause to help us save women’s lives.

For the full article, visit the Future of Cancer Care’s website. If you would like to watch her 30-second PSA, click here to see the PSA on YouTube.

Women who are suspected of having ovarian cancer and women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer often receive a blood test to measure their CA 125 level. This association between ovarian cancer and CA125 often leads to confusion and misunderstanding about what this test means for diagnosis of ovarian cancer and/or its impact on the clinical management of ovarian cancer.

This booklet will take you through the basics of what you need to know about CA 125 — what it is, what it’s measuring and what the values mean. And hopefully, this information will help you better understand how this test is used and interpreted in your treatment and follow-up.

The information in this booklet was originally provided to over 300 women who participated in a free telephone workshop organized by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. Dr. Thomas J. Herzog, Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Columbia University, and Dr. Robert L. Coleman, Professor & Ann Rife Cox Chair for Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, conducted the workshop.

Please click here to view the entire publication.