New Steps Through OC Pilot Program Offers Support to Ovarian Cancer Patients and Caregivers

New Steps Through OC Pilot Program Offers Support to Ovarian Cancer Patients and Caregivers
Aimed at easing the multifaceted impact of ovarian cancer diagnoses, a new national support initiative called Steps Through OC has unveiled its pilot program for women and their families. Tailored to individual needs, the free program offers long-term counseling, referrals, and other resources. The services are available at any stage to anyone who has ever had ovarian cancer, as well as to caregivers. During its pilot phase, the program is open to 150 women. With additional funding and more partners, Steps Through OC could continue beyond its first year, according to a press release. The Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation (SPB Foundation) is providing initial funding, while the program is being hosted by the Clearity Foundation, which provides personalized science-based treatment information to patients and families. Together, these foundations designed a program combining expert psychosocial care with authoritative, practical ovarian cancer information and resources. Because the disease is usually diagnosed at a later stage and often returns, enhanced support is needed for patients or survivors and their loved ones. “An ovarian cancer diagnosis is a highly personal experience that can impact women not only physically, but emotionally, socially and spiritually as well,” said Hillary Theakston
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