Emotional Burden of Ovarian Cancer High But Often Overlooked, Review Aiming to ‘Amplify’ Patient Voice Reports

Emotional Burden of Ovarian Cancer High But Often Overlooked, Review Aiming to ‘Amplify’ Patient Voice Reports
Ovarian cancer carries a considerable psychological burden for patients, especially for those with recurrent cancer, but care for patients' emotional well-being is lacking, a literature review involving patients in Europe reports. The TESARO-sponsored review, titled “Our Way Forward – Ovarian Cancer in Europe,” draws on more than 65 patient surveys and publications conducted over the last 15 years to focus attention on doctor-patient communication and the treatment needs of women with this cancer. Its findings were released on May 8, World Ovarian Cancer Day, the first of a two-part expansion of TESARO’s Our Way Forward program, an initiative launched in the United States in 2017 with the assistance of patient advocacy groups. This first part — which included input from European and ovarian cancer groups — focuses on patient responses, a planned second review will look at those of healthcare professionals. In both the U.S. and Europe, Our Way Forward aims to be "a call-to-action for ovarian cancer patients, their loved ones and healthcare providers to rethink how they talk about advanced ovarian cancer and ways to partner together to navigate the physical and emotional challenges that the disease brings," a company press release states. Insights are intended to support ovarian cancer advocacy groups and "amplify" their and patient voices by "helping in the development of resources and tools." Findings in this review reve
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