Mission:  promote ovarian cancer awareness and education; support those diagnosed and survivors; and advocate for public policy and funding.

Local Presentations, Classes, and Workshops

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Zoom Audio/Video
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    Personalized Medicine, Clinical Trials, and New Anticancer Treatments

    January 27, 5pm-6:15pm

    Zoom Audio/Video (Login Information in Registration Confirmation)

    It is a truly remarkable time for developing new treatments for cancer. Increasing understanding of cancer biology and the ability to design new drugs to target abnormalities present in cancer has resulted in a number of novel anticancer drugs being approved by the FDA. There are now drugs that either block specific genetic changes in cancer, modulate the immune system, or represent ways to selectively deliver high doses of chemotherapies to the tumor with acceptable safety profiles. These “new drugs” go through very rigorous testing in the laboratory, and only if they meet certain criteria as anticancer agents, are they brought forward to clinical trials. Early-phase trials are used to test new treatments for cancer while ensuring the highest standards of patient safety. Based on findings in tumor samples and patient characteristics we can now better select new treatments which have a higher likelihood to help patients, a process referred to as ‘personalized medicine’. During this talk we will discuss the concept of personalized medicine, phases of clinical trials, and development of new anticancer treatments.

    There will be a Q&A segment after the presentation.

    About the Presenters:

    Upon completing her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India, Dr. Shivaani Kummar moved to the United States to train in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Following this, Dr. Kummar pursued fellowship training at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Medical Oncology and Hematology, which culminated in a faculty position at Yale University, New Haven CT. After spending four years as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale Cancer Center, she moved back to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH, where she developed a clinical research program in novel cancer therapeutics. In 2011, she became Head of Early Clinical Trials Development in the Office of the Director, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, NCI. Dr. Kummar moved to Stanford University in 2015 as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Phase I Clinical Research and Translational Oncology Programs. In July 2020, she joined Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) as Division Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, co-Director of the Center of Experimental Therapeutics, DeArmond Endowed Chair of Cancer Research, and Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research, Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU. Her research interests focus on developing novel therapies for cancer. She specializes in conducting pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic driven first-in-human trials tailored to make early, informed decisions regarding the suitability of novel molecular agents for further clinical investigation. Dr. Kummar is the principal investigator of numerous early phase trials, member of NIH grant review committees and national and international scientific committees

    Dr. Tanja Pejovic is a Professor of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is a trained clinician-scientist, with a background in cytogenetic and molecular genetics of ovarian cancer. Dr. Pejovic's PhD thesis entitled “Cytogenetic Analysis of Ovarian Tumors” was, at the time, the largest series of cytogenetically characterized ovarian cancers. As part of Felix Mitelman’s research group, in Lund, Sweden, she was the first to describe recurrent cytogenetic changes, such as the 19p13+ marker chromosome and the deletion of 11p13-15 in epithelial ovarian cancer, as well as trisomy 12 in benign ovarian tumors. At OHSU, Dr. Pejovic maintains a prospective ovarian tissue and blood bank (Oregon Ovarian Cancer Registry), accompanied by a clinical database, unique in the state with over 500 participants. It is a research bank of ovarian tissue specimens accompanied by extensive clinical and outcome data to help further elucidate the mechanisms by which ovarian cancers progress. OOCR is recognized as a major contributor to the international consortium OCAC (Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium), Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2 (CIMBA) and Ovarian Tumor Tissue Association (OTTA).

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    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom Video/Audio Conference
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    Virtual Support Group via Zoom

    February 17, 4-5pm

    Join us for a virtual support group facilitated by Susan Hedlund, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., Director, Patient/Family Support Services, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine.

    Our virtual support group is designed to serve ovarian cancer survivors who share about their personal diagnosis and journey; find comfort and support within the group; and gain information from others’ experience and knowledge.

    Please contact info@ovariancancerosw.org with questions/topics you’d like Susan to address.

    Please register for this event: your event registration confirmation and event reminders will include Zoom meeting login information. We are unable to monitor emails for login information during live events. 

    • 09 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Zoom Audio/Video
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    Coping with Chemotherapy

    March 9, 5:00pm-6:15pm

    Zoom Audio/Video (Login Information in Registration Confirmation)

    Everyone’s chemotherapy experience is different, both physically and emotionally. Each person experiences side effects from chemotherapy differently, and different chemotherapy drugs cause different side effects. 

    This session will cover the following:

    • Taking an active role in your care
    • Understanding chemotherapy
    • Most common types of chemotherapy, including immunotherapy and oral PARP inhibitors
    • Understanding and managing the side effects of chemotherapy
    • Communicating with your healthcare team

    About the Presenter:

    Andrea Hardy, RN, BSN, is a Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Care Coordinator at Providence Medical Center. She cares for patients with gynecologic cancer throughout their diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Among her various nursing services, Andrea provides patient education, specifically with starting chemotherapy, and over the course of treatment for symptom management. This support helps to ease the journey into the unknown and empowers patients to participate in their own health care.

    Andrea states, “The role of a patient educator is a great privilege in my nursing work with patients. And I appreciate having the opportunity to develop close working relationships with patients over the course of their treatment and medical care."

    A native Oregonian, Andrea enjoys running, hiking/ backpacking in nature with her pup, Finlee, gardening, cooking/ baking, and sharing time with family and friends.

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    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Zoom Video/Audio Conference
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    Virtual Support Group via Zoom

    March 18, 4-5pm

    Join us for a virtual support group facilitated by Susan Hedlund, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., Director, Patient/Family Support Services, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine.

    Our virtual support group is designed to serve ovarian cancer survivors who share about their personal diagnosis and journey; find comfort and support within the group; and gain information from others’ experience and knowledge.

    Please contact info@ovariancancerosw.org with questions/topics you’d like Susan to address.

    Please register for this event: your event registration confirmation and event reminders will include Zoom meeting login information. We are unable to monitor emails for login information during live events. 

Past Educational Events

13 Jan 2022 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
10 Dec 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
19 Nov 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
17 Nov 2021 Mindfulness
21 Oct 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
13 Oct 2021 Fear of Recurrence
16 Sep 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
19 Aug 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
11 Aug 2021 Women's Sexual Health After Cancer
15 Jul 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
22 Jun 2021 Virtual 2021 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
04 Jun 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
18 May 2021 Tumor Profiling & Treatment Presentation
06 May 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
29 Apr 2021 Virtual Happy Hour
14 Apr 2021 Insights into Naturopathic Medicine
02 Apr 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
26 Mar 2021 Virtual Happy Hour
05 Mar 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
26 Feb 2021 Virtual Happy Hour
17 Feb 2021 Survivorship Tips, Now What....
05 Feb 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
22 Jan 2021 Virtual Happy Hour
11 Jan 2021 Palliative Care Educational Session
08 Jan 2021 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
17 Dec 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
19 Nov 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
05 Nov 2020 Caregivers: Support for the Unsung Heroes
23 Oct 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
22 Sep 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
27 Aug 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
14 Aug 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
17 Jul 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
07 Jul 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
23 Jun 2020 Virtual 2020 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
19 Jun 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
09 Jun 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
22 May 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
08 May 2020 Zoom Virtual Happy Hour
01 May 2020 Virtual Support Group Facilitated by Susan Hedlund
24 Apr 2020 Zoom Virtual Happy Hour
14 Nov 2019 Medford Survivor Luncheon
09 Nov 2019 Palliative Care Educational Session
11 Jun 2019 2019 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
02 Oct 2018 Legacy Health Awareness Event at Salmon Creek
17 Sep 2018 Legacy Health Awareness Event at Meridian Park
13 Sep 2018 12th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium
05 Sep 2018 Legacy Health Awareness Event at Good Sam
28 Jul 2018 No-Host Nosh (Lunch for Survivors & Friends)
12 Jun 2018 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
07 Jun 2018 Survivor Luncheon in Medford
20 May 2018 "By Your Side" chemo care kit assembly "party"
19 May 2018 Workshops on Communicating Effectively & Fear of Recurrence
01 May 2018 Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment 2018, hosted by Compass Oncology
20 Apr 2018 Facebook Live with Dr. Bruegl and Super Hero Sherry Hanson
14 Apr 2018 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon
11 Apr 2018 Alexandra Fuller: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
07 Apr 2018 Answer 2 Cancer
07 Feb 2018 Ruth Wariner: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
20 Jan 2018 No-Host Nosh (Lunch for Survivors & Friends)
10 Jan 2018 Super Hero Takeover
20 Dec 2017 Webinar: BRCA Genetics in the News by Sharsheret
18 Dec 2017 Facebook Live with Dr. Bruegl and Survivor Becki McC
12 Sep 2017 Legacy Health Awareness Events
06 Sep 2017 N.E.D. Documentary Movie Screening on World Cancer Day 2015
21 Jun 2017 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
07 May 2017 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon
05 Apr 2017 Jeanette Walls: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
11 Mar 2017 Portland Women's Expo -- Super Heroes In Session!
21 Feb 2017 Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment 2017, hosted by Compass Oncology
08 Feb 2017 Marin Alsop: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
06 Feb 2017 Webinar: Update on ACA and public policy with OCRFA Chad Ramsey
04 Dec 2016 2016 Year-End Letter: Read It Now!
28 Nov 2016 Webinar: Managing Recurrence -- What You Need to Know
16 Nov 2016 Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
07 Nov 2016 Always More to Learn -- Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer
05 Nov 2016 Complementary Medicine Workshop
26 Oct 2016 Webinar: Info Session on Becoming a Scientific Research Advocate
06 Oct 2016 SHARE webinar: Fear of Recurrence for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors
28 Sep 2016 Mariel Hemingway: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
28 Sep 2016 Cancer Down There
22 Sep 2016 Webinar: Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Update
20 Sep 2016 CancerCare webinar: Update on ADVANCED Ovarian Cancer
15 Sep 2016 SHARE webinar: Strategies for Long-term Management of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
12 Sep 2016 11th Biennial Marsha Rivkin Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium
07 Sep 2016 CancerCare webinar: Update on Ovarian Cancer
20 Jun 2016 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
23 Apr 2016 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon with Speaker Dr. Amanda Bruegl
02 Apr 2016 Women's Expo -- OvCa Advocacy
12 Mar 2016 "Woman to Woman" Mentor Training at OHSU
08 Mar 2016 Gyn Cancer Support Group Meeting in Corvallis
05 Mar 2016 Breast Cancer Issues Conference, hosted by Komen Oregon and SW WA
24 Feb 2016 Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment 2016, hosted by Compass Oncology
20 Feb 2016 Survivor Luncheon in Eugene
11 Jan 2016 Women's Cancer Support Group, hosted by Compass Oncology
10 Oct 2015 "Woman to Woman" program Mentor Training at OHSU
10 Oct 2015 Survivor Luncheon in Centralia
09 Sep 2015 Portland Proclamation Day -- Declaring September "Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month"
24 Jul 2015 2015 Ovarian Cancer National Conference, hosted by OCNA
16 Jun 2015 Medical Update Seminar in partnership with Compass Oncology
06 Jun 2015 Peer Mentor Training: refresh your skills or become a NEW Peer Mentor and help women with ovarian cancer.
18 May 2015 Info Session: Everything You Want to Know About BRCA Genes, But Were Afraid to Ask
09 May 2015 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon, with Speaker and OvCa Survivor Tracy Maxwell. Sponsored by Compass Oncology.
09 May 2015 Tracy Maxwell: Guest Speaker at the Survivor and Volunteer Lunch
08 May 2015 AM Northwest Hosts Tracy Maxwell as a Guest
28 Apr 2015 CancerCare Web/Pod Cast on Ovarian Cancer
01 Apr 2015 Legacy Fitness Class
21 Mar 2015 Breast Cancer Issues Conference, hosted by Komen Oregon and SW WA
24 Feb 2015 Advancements in Breast Cancer, hosted by Compass Oncology
04 Feb 2015 N.E.D. Documentary Movie Screening on World Cancer Day 2015
10 Jun 2014 OCAOSW’s Medical Update
20 Feb 2014 Unlocking the Secrets of Cancer Growth

Ongoing Educational Opportunities

There are a number of local organizations that offer various classes, presentations, and workshops throughout the year.  Check their calendars to get the most up-to-date information about their offerings.

OCAOSW Education

Watch OCAOSW educational sessions.

Compass Oncology Educational Series

https://compassoncology.com/calendar/

These are classes that are open to the public for the benefit of patients and family members living with cancer. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Legacy Health Classes and Workshops

Cancer Classes and Groups

These are support groups and  classes on various topics.

OHSU Support Groups and Classes

https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/cancer/patients/resources/support-groups.cfm

OHSU Fit Together Exercise Class

https://fittogethertraining.org/

FIT [Functional Improvement after Treatment] Together offers evidence-based, professionally led, group exercise classes to men and women recovering from treatment for cancer.

Kaiser Classes and Workshops

https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/html/public/specialties/cancer/resources

Look Good, Feel Better:

http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/

These nationwide group programs are offered in various health and community settings. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and high quality skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Women also learn how to wear wigs, scarves, and other accessories.

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16420 SE McGillivray, Suite 103, PMB 243  
Vancouver, WA 98683-3461
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