Coalition Creates Social Media Network for Women with Ovarian Cancer

Coalition Creates Social Media Network for Women with Ovarian Cancer
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The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is now offering a specialized social media network for women to share their ovarian cancer experiences and find online community support.

The NOCC CancerConnect Community said this will give women a secure and private online platform where they can safely discuss their experience and knowledge, find peer-to-peer support, and build community ties. The online platform was created by the advocate organization NOCC, in partnership with CancerConnect and OMNI Health Media to provide ovarian cancer patients an environment where they can explore ways to cope with their diagnosis and learn to manage their condition.

“We’ve listened to various women battling this devastating cancer asking for a platform to share similar experiences, and that’s why we’re so excited to launch NOCC CancerConnect Community. We believe it will play an emotional and supportive role in the treatment of ovarian cancer,” Debra Battista, NOCC’s chapter relations manager, said in a press release. “The idea is to provide a safe, anonymous social media community where survivors can learn from other survivors.”

CancerConnect is the leading social network for cancer patients, friends and families. This unique online app was developed in partnership with OMNI Health Media, a leading specialty website and application developer, and publisher of consumer health information. It melds a comprehensive cancer information platform with a social network.

Since its establishment in 1991, the NOCC has been dedicated to raising awareness, promoting education, and funding research to support women affected by ovarian cancer, as well as their friends and families. The organization believes it is a priority to increase awareness, improve genetic testing and facilitate access to new management strategies to change the scenario for women at risk of developing ovarian cancer, as well as for those already battling the disease.

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National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s (NOCC) 25 Years Timeline Credit: NOCC

“Women with ovarian cancer and their families need ongoing access to information and support,” said Charles Weaver, MD, medical oncologist and OMNI Health Media’s chief executive officer. “We are pleased that leading advocacy groups like the NOCC continue to select CancerConnect as the preferred social media application.”

Inês holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in blood vessel biology, blood stem cells, and cancer. Before that, she studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and worked as a research fellow at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.
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Inês holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in blood vessel biology, blood stem cells, and cancer. Before that, she studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and worked as a research fellow at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.
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