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OVARIAN CANCER CANADA

The GOC News | Spring 2018

New Online Community for Women with Ovarian Cancer

BY ELISABETH BAUGH, CEO OVARIAN CANCER CANADA

CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada joins Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame

Cancer Canada. But its ultimate strength resides with members who are using OVdialogue to actively engage with one another. For women living with ovarian cancer, connecting with someone who has personally experienced the disease is vital and empowering. If your patients are looking for support, at any stage of the cancer journey, there is someone who has been in their shoes ready to share. Now she is just a click away. Current topics of conversation range from anxiety to side effects. The site is searchable to enable those looking for support specific to ovarian cancer to find it. You are welcome to visit and see for yourself the value and extent of conversations already underway. You have a pivotal role in helping women to navigate the ovarian cancer care pathway. Please encourage your patients to discover OVdialogue today. At ovariancanada.org/OVdialogue, they can start by contributing to discussions, responding to other members, or simply introducing themselves and sharing their stories. If it might help to have brochures available at your office, simply call 1 877 413-7970 ext. 221 or email info@ovariancanada.org to request a supply.

Women with ovarian cancer are talking on OVdialogue, a new online community introduced in September 2017 at the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope. Nearly a year in the making, this resource enables women confronting the disease to connect with others for advice and encouragement. Finding people who can relate to the journey firsthand hasn’t always been easy. Ovarian cancer affects one in every 69 Canadian women. Together with the vast geography of our country, it can be years before a woman comes face-to- face with someone who truly understands where she is coming from. This leads to a deep sense of isolation. OVdialogue is here to answer the call. It was developed with internationally recognized leaders in building sustainable online communities with guidance from women living with ovarian cancer, who are confident that this resource will go a long way to extend peer support networks throughout the country. Already,itisbridgingthedistancebetweenpeopletocreate space for women living with ovarian cancer to exchange insights and learn fromone another’s experiences. To promote a safe and welcoming environment, the online community is moderated by staff at Ovarian

Marking a 20-year career milestone, as well as her recent initiation into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame, Elisabeth Baugh has been at the helm of Ovarian Cancer Canada since its founding in 1997.

Since then, Elisabeth has earned recognition among Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Champions (2006) and Top 100 Trailblazers and Trendsetters (2008 and

2014). All this in addition to receiving the Order of Ontario and Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

This recent recognition is well-deserved. Under Elisabeth’s leadership, Ovarian Cancer Canada grew to become the only national charity of its kind in Canada when two separate organizations came together to eliminate duplicated efforts and ensure that donations are used to their fullest potential. More recently, she championed the awareness campaign that forever changed the way people think about ovarian cancer by inviting Canadians to start talking about their ladyballs. Beyond borders, Elisabeth chaired the first ever World Ovarian Cancer Day in 2013. While the movement to increase the international profile of this important health issue started with just 29 organizations, over the course of four years it’s grown to encompass more than 100 organizations in 28 countries. Look at the ladyballs on her! Join us in congratulating Elisabeth on this special achievement.

GONPPC Vulvar Orientation Slide Deck Coming Soon

Our nursing group continues to represent GOC at the annual Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) conference held in Gatineau, Quebec at the end of October. CANO provides a great opportunity to network nationally with nurses and help promote gyne oncology through our special interest group. Work continues on the vulvar orientation slide deck with the hope for it to be complete and uploaded onto the GOC website in 2018. Other projects include our participation in advisory boards for Lynparza patient and provider education. Lynparza is a BRCA-positive Ovarian Cancer medicine.

The GOC News is printed on a semi-annual basis. Please send any comments or news to the co-Editors c/o Hélène Soublière, National Association Manager via email at hsoubliere@g-o-c.org. Co-Editors: Dr. Marette Lee and Dr.Vanessa Samouëlian GOC 2781 Lancaster Rd., Suite 200, Ottawa, ON K1B 1A7 Tel: 1 800 561-2416 or 613-730-4192 ext. 250 Fax: 613-730-4314 E-mail: hsoubliere@g-o-c.org Web: www.g-o-c.org

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