News & Blog

News & Blog

  • Blog

    16 November 2017

    "I am determined to see this treatment as a precious gift of life"

    In the general population, around 1 in every 400 to 1 in every 800 people carry a BRCA1/2 gene mutation. This figure is, however, significantly higher for people from an Ashkenazi Jewish background, like Stefanie, where it rises to 1 in 40. After losing her mum to ovarian cancer in 2015 and discovering that she too is BRCA positive, Stefanie made the decision to go ahead with preventative surgery....
    Stef Daniels
  • Blog

    09 November 2017

    The Anvil: Living in fear of ovarian cancer

    After losing her mum to ovarian cancer and later being diagnosed with a BRCA1 gene mutation, Abbie McAdam lived her life plagued with anxiety that her own children would also be left without a mother. Now a year post-surgery, she reflects on the decision she made and the impact it has had on her life...
    Abbie collage
  • Your Stories

    08 November 2017

    Kim Gray

    Kim Gray was diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 ovarian cancer in Summer 2016. Now nine months post-chemo and still NED, (no evidence of disease), she hopes that sharing her story will give hope to other women who have just been diagnosed or are about to start their chemo or have surgery.
    Kim Gray
  • Blog

    07 November 2017

    Living with Lynch Syndrome

    23 years after her father's death, Suzie Lismore underwent genetic testing and discovered that both she and her brother have Lynch Syndrome; a genetic mutation that increases an individual's risk of certain types of cancer. Suzie now wishes to share her experience to raise the profile of this little-known hereditary condition and its potentially devastating consequences.
    Suzi dad
  • News

    19 October 2017

    Ovarian Cancer Action report reveals gaps in cancer prevention

    Our latest policy paper, Acting on BRCA: Breaking down barriers to save lives, reveals that the NHS is still missing the opportunity to use BRCA testing as an effective cancer prevention strategy, and women are dying as a result.
    Rosie Lapsley Acting on BRCA
  • News

    18 October 2017

    Introducing our new Research Centre Director, Professor Iain McNeish

    We are excited to announce the appointment of a new Director of our Research Centre, Professor Iain McNeish.
    Iain McNeish
  • Blog

    13 October 2017

    Faster diagnosis and treatment and better patient experience

    We spoke to Jo Simmons, Project Manager at the Chelsea & Westminster Oncology Clinic, about their nomination in the Cancer Nursing category. The team have been recognised for the vital work they are doing in the field of earlier diagnosis
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  • Blog

    09 October 2017

    "We need to look after our minds too"

    Ovarian cancer comes with many trials. Here Claudia talks about the psychological impact treatment had on her and why mental health needs to be taken seriously too.
    Claudia Gore2
  • Blog

    09 October 2017

    Top tips for organising a charity ball

    Last month accountancy firm Raffingers held their first ever charity ball, raising an amazing £12,000 to be split between Ovarian Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer UK. Lauren Aston, Marketing Manager at Raffingers, tells us about the highs and lows of organising an event of this size and shares her advice for others planning a fundraising event…
    Raffingers1
  • Blog

    06 October 2017

    Sex & Cancer

    If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be wondering how it will affect your sexuality and sex life. Guest blogger Emily Gunning from Live Better with Cancer has written a guide to help women feel more confident when navigating the often-tricky territory of sex following preventative surgery or a cancer diagnosis.
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  • News

    02 October 2017

    American Association for Cancer Research conference

    This week our CEO, Katherine Taylor, has been invited to Pittsburgh to speak at the American Association for Cancer Research conference on ovarian cancer.
    Chief executive Katherine Taylor
  • Your Stories

    28 September 2017

    Sara Le-Surf

    Like many women, Sara put caring for others above her own health concerns and it didn't occur to her that her abdominal pain could be a sign of cancer
    Sara
  • Your Stories

    27 September 2017

    Madeleine Hudson

    Madeleine Hudson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year. It took a long time for her to realise that her aches, pains and rapid weight gain couldn't simply be attributed to her age or diet...
    Madeleine Hudson
  • Blog

    26 September 2017

    National Fitness Day 2017!

    Today is National Fitness Day, encouraging people to be more physically active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Studies have found that regular, weekly recreational physical activity may reduce the risk for, and improve survival from ovarian cancer.
    Exercise and fitness
  • Your Stories

    19 September 2017

    Debbie Sharp

    Always determined to make the best of any situation, Debbie hopes that by sharing her ovarian cancer journey, from diagnosis through to treatment and surgery, will not only help other women in similar situations but also raise awareness of the symptoms.
    Debbie Sharp
  • Your Stories

    19 September 2017

    Janet Tindall

    Janet was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, aged 68 and participated in an Avastin trial. She reflects on the challenges of treatment and her journey so far.
    Janet Tindall
  • Your Stories

    15 September 2017

    Helen Hogg

    Helen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, aged 47. This month, 10 years after her diagnosis, she will trek part of the Great Wall of China in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action.
    HH Hiking
  • Blog

    14 September 2017

    Running for a future without ovarian cancer

    Everyone has their own reason behind taking part in a challenge event for Ovarian Cancer Action. As Drew reflects on his Great North Run experience, and Amanda gears up to take on the Royal Parks Half Marathon, both share their stories…
    Running
  • Blog

    07 September 2017

    “The plan was to do something that reflects a fraction of the loneliness and fear that terminal cancer patients must go through.”

    On 3rd September, RAF man Ian Smith plunged into the cold depths of Loch Ness to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action, swimming an incredible 22 miles to complete the length of the loch.
    Ian Smith
  • Blog

    01 September 2017

    September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

    Over 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year, but awareness is very poor. September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM), and our Health Projects Manager Ross Little shares some facts you might not know about ovarian and the other gynae cancers...
    Female reproductive system