Family & friends support

Family and friends are an important part of every woman’s journey with ovarian cancer.

Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is a difficult time for women and for her family and friends.

Family and friends of women with ovarian cancer need to know:

  • How important they are to the woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  • How to communicate and what they can do to help.
  • What not to do.
  • How to care for themselves during this difficult time.

Ovarian Cancer Australia offers a range of support services for carers, family and friends of women with ovarian cancer.

Family & friends booklet

This booklet provides helpful, practical advice for family and friends and includes personal insights from women living with ovarian cancer. Download the booklet here or contact us and we will send you a copy.

Online forum

Ovarian Cancer Australia’s online forum has a section for family and friends to share their personal stories and useful information with one another in a secure online environment.  The online forum is a great place to get connected with people in a similar situation without the formalities and in the comfort of your own home.

Ovarian Cancer Australia encourages all family and friends of women with ovarian cancer to register for the online forum.  To ask one another questions and learn from one another how you can better support your loved one and yourself.

Click here to go to our online forum.

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