If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer you may feel a range of emotions, sometimes all at once.
You may feel shocked, angry, scared, anxious and upset.
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to feel, every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer will react differently.
You may find it beneficial to speak to someone about how you’re feeling.
Accessing support is a great way of talking though what might be worrying you and can offer reassurance that you don’t have to cope alone.
Your specialist cancer nurse
You will be introduced to a specialist cancer nurse as soon as you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Your nurse is there to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options, support you through your treatment and help you find the information and resources that you need.
Your cancer nurse can also help with a referral to a counsellor or psychologist if you need more in-depth, one-to-one support.
If you are not allocated a specialist cancer nurse on being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you can ask your oncologist to set you up an appointment.
Many cancer charities run telephone support lines that offer emotional support and advice where you can speak to someone anonymously over the phone.
- Macmillan Cancer Care - 0808 808 00 00
- Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres - 0300 123 1801
- Ovacome - 0800 008 7054
Speaking to someone who has been there
If you would like to talk to someone who has had or who has ovarian cancer call us on 0300 456 4700 and we can put you in touch.
Although everyone’s experiences are different, they might be able to offer you some personal, practical advice and give you a feel of what you might expect.
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