Support groups and Other Useful Information
On this page we've included links to ovarian cancer support groups and other useful information including: the most comprehensive ovarian cancer guide written for patients that we've found, help co-ordinating support, subsidised physiotherapy and exercise classes, holiday home stays, helpful phone numbers and links to overseas ovarian cancer charities.
We hope you find it useful.
New Zealand Ovarian Cancer Support Group
There are plenty of different support groups on Facebook led by people with ovarian cancer. Here are a few for people in specific circumstances:
Ovarian Cancer resources
Support Crew a free online support platform that easily co-ordinates meals and support for family and friends in need.
Pinc and Steel is an amazing NZ program that gives access to funded physiotherapy and exercise classes to help women with cancer.
Time Out connects holiday home owners with those living with incurable, life-limiting illnesses to provide a gifted holiday stay to rest, recuperate and create lasting memories.
The service is available to anyone living with a disease or condition that doesn't respond to curative treatments and is expected to lead to their death. This includes life-limiting, and terminal conditions.
If you are uncertain if you meet this criteria please ask your oncologist or gynae-oncologist.
TimeOut will accept as 'proof' that the criteria is met - a medical letter that includes the terms ovarian cancer and stage 4 or recurrence or progression - with the exception of Germ Cell (which require a letter stating it is life-limiting) and anyone with borderline tumours (without co-existent cancer).
If you meet the criteria but do not have a letter with the above information, you can ask your oncologist or gynae-oncologist to write one specifically for this purpose. It must specify that the cancer is life-limiting.
Once the application is assessed and accepted TimeOut will be in touch to discuss accommodation options. TimeOut only accept bookings up to six weeks in advance of applications (and not during public holidays, or the month of January). You can reapply once every 12 months.
24 Hour Helplines
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)