News & Blog

News & Blog

  • News

    08 October 2018

    Ovarian Cancer Action Research Grant Award Ceremony

    Last night the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Grant Awards took place at the Royal Society, awarding funds to scientists working to tackle the disease at every level – from screening and early detection to treatment and recurrence.
    Research Awards
  • Blog

    25 September 2018

    "Mum loved pink lipsticks and could never resist buying another shade"

    After losing her beloved mum Mary to ovarian cancer in 2009, Jackie Abbott decided to hold a fundraising event in her memory, inspired by Mary's love of pink lipstick! Now in its 7th year, Pink Night has raised over £5,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action. Jackie shares her story.
    Mary Maloney collage
  • Blog

    14 September 2018

    "Their generous legacy will now enable research into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease to continue moving forwards"

    After losing his wife Linda to ovarian cancer in 2017, Graham Atkinson made the decision to leave a gift to Ovarian Cancer Action in his will. The Atkinsons’ close friend and executor of their will, Jim Edwards, shares their story.
    Linda Atkinson
  • News

    13 September 2018

    Cancer patients in Northern Ireland set to have same access to drugs as the rest of the UK

    Cancer patients in Northern Ireland are set to have the same access to drugs as the rest of the UK, the Department of Health has announced.
  • News

    12 September 2018

    Comment regarding potential urine test for ovarian cancer

    Yesterday it was reported that a new urine test for ovarian cancer was on the horizon. We take a closer look at the story.
    Urine test
  • Blog

    04 September 2018

    An important step forward

    An incredible 12,421 of you signed our petition to fund a clinical audit of ovarian cancer — thank you. Marie-Claire Platt, Head of Campaigns at Ovarian Cancer Action, discusses the government's response and what comes next.
    OCA government petition
  • News

    03 September 2018

    Call for equal access to Niraparib for women in Northern Ireland

    This year the PARP inhibitor Niraparib has been approved for use throughout much of the UK, giving hope to thousands of women with recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. However, it is not yet available in Northern Ireland.
    pill niraparib
  • News

    24 August 2018

    Drug combination shows exciting results in ovarian cancer in early trial

    A study published recently in the Annals of Oncology and reported by the Institute of Cancer Research has shown exciting results that could offer hope to thousands of women with recurrent, platinum-resistant advanced stage ovarian cancer.
  • News

    23 August 2018

    First ever NHS ovarian cancer early detection pilot announced

    Ovarian Cancer Action is pleased to support the ALDO project; a pilot launched by The UCLH Cancer Collaborative, which aims to establish whether ovarian cancer screening can be feasible and cost effective on the NHS for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
    Ovarian cancer support
  • Your Stories

    16 August 2018

    Lesley Torun

    Lesley was diagnosed with stage 1b ovarian cancer last year. She shares her experience so far.
    Lesley Torun
  • News

    13 August 2018

    Exciting new research could lead to personalised ovarian cancer treatments

    Patterns of genetic mutation in ovarian cancer are helping make sense of the disease and could be used to personalise treatment in future, according to a study published in Nature Genetics today.
  • News

    10 August 2018

    Innovative new treatment approved for Scottish ovarian cancer patients

    The Scottish Medicine Consortium (SMC) has today approved a drug called Niraparib, providing new hope for women with...
  • Blog

    09 August 2018

    The CA125 blood test: your questions answered

    A CA125 blood test should be requested if a doctor suspects a patient's symptoms could be caused by ovarian cancer.
    Blood test
  • Blog

    07 August 2018

    Back to the lab, cycling training and old vans

    Professor Bob Brown's research focuses on epigenetics and drug resistance – why chemotherapy sometimes stops working for patients with ovarian cancer. Later this year his partner, Justine, will cycle 240 miles from London to Paris over 3 days for Women V Cancer, raising money for three women's cancer charities, including Ovarian Cancer Action. Bob provides an update on the highs and lows of training and his vital ovarian cancer research that Women V Cancer helps to fund.
    Flora van
  • Blog

    27 July 2018

    Talcum powder: what's the story?

    After the latest round of pay-outs Johnson & Johnson have been ordered to pay $4.7bn (£3.6bn) to women who claim their ovarian cancer was caused by using talcum powder. Ovarian Cancer Action investigates the facts behind this on-going legal case.
    Johnsons baby powder
  • News

    26 July 2018

    Could regular aspirin use reduce ovarian cancer risk?

    There have been a series of reports recently claiming that taking aspirin can play a major role in both preventing ovarian cancer and increasing survival rates in women who already have the disease.
  • News

    25 July 2018

    10,000 signatures and counting — we did it!

    Over the past few months, thousands of you have signed and shared the petition to the UK Government to fund a national clinical audit for ovarian cancer. Thanks to you, the petition has now reached 10,000 signatures, meaning we can expect a government response in due course.
    10,000 signatures
  • Blog

    19 July 2018

    Cannabis oil and ovarian cancer: the facts

    Using cannabis oil as a means to treat or cure cancer is a topic of much online debate and the internet is full of people claiming that it has effectively helped to cure their cancer. We take a closer look at the evidence behind these claims.
    Cannabis oil
  • Blog

    18 July 2018

    Bloating: your questions answered

    People will describe bloating in slightly different ways, but usually, it is the uncomfortable feeling of tightness or distention around the abdomen. It might be accompanied by pain or the increased need to pass wind.
  • Your Stories

    16 July 2018

    Alan Roberts

    Alan Roberts pays tribute to his beloved wife, Carys, who lost her life to ovarian cancer in March this year. A hugely talented artist, the sale of Carys's artwork has left an incredible legacy, helping to raise £25,000 for a number of cancer charities.
    Carys Roberts