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Coping with COVID-19 when you have cancer

Tips to cope with COVID-19 if you have cancer


OCA staff are thinking of the women we support and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. 

For some society may feel “back to normal”; which can create its own social and health anxieties. Others may be facing a further period of lockdown and the potential isolation this brings. 

For all of our women we encourage you to stay in touch and seek support via our services and to remember the below;

  • Information

Seek the information you need on COVID-19 and your individual health situation by using the expertise of your medical team and GP. 

Some of your appointments may be via Telehealth due to the pandemic. The Cancer Council have created a helpful resource with some tips on telehealth to ensure you get the most out of your appointments.

The Cancer Council has created a FAQ page with lots of relevant information including information on navigating life as restrictions ease which may be helpful to read through.

  • Communication

Talk to those you trust about what worries you and seek their help; for groceries or check-in phone calls you’ll often find many around you would love to lend a hand.

  • Be Gentle

Allow yourself to go at your own pace and do what makes you comfortable; in returning to society or in keeping connected with others during a lockdown. 


Need support?

For immediate support or further information, call our Helpline on 1300 660 334 (9am - 5pm AEST, Monday to Friday) or email support@ovariancancer.net.au. 

You can also connect with other women diagnosed with ovarian cancer by visiting our online OCA Connect forum.

For those residing in the Melbourne/Mitchell Shire please follow the Government directives, including wearing masks when out. You can find more information here.


29 July 2020
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