The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) funds comprehensive and impactful research initiatives that align with our goal to further advancement in screening, prevention, treatment, and quality of life for patients and caregivers. With the help of generous donors, we have been able to contribute over two million dollars to advancing ovarian cancer research and clinical projects.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's Research Commitment
Current Ovarian Cancer Research Initiatives
2022 Research Grant for Early Detection and Quality of Life – Young Investigator Awards
In partnership with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition provided funding for two Young Investigator Research Grants, which accelerate the research of young investigators to promote the long-term success of the gynecologic oncology field.
In support of NOCC’s mission, two awards have been granted:
- The National Ovarian Cancer (NOCC) Research Grant for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
- The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Research Grant for Quality of Life
Young Investigator Award Recipients
Clinical Trial Fund – NOCC Financial Assistance Program
Clinical trials are the best way to ensure that safe and effective new technologies and medicines can be developed for patients who need them. In partnership with the Patient Advocate Foundation, the NOCC Clinical Trial Fund is available to reduce the barriers associated with ovarian cancer treatment and clinical trial participation. This fund provides each approved patient a one-time $2,500 payment to be applied towards non-medical costs related to enrollment and participation in clinical trials. With this financial support, individuals are more likely to enroll in trials that can help improve outcomes in ovarian cancer treatment.
Past Ovarian Cancer Research Initiatives
Collaborative Research Efforts – Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Research Initiative
Dr. Alan D. D’Andrea M.D.
Dr. Elizabeth M. Swisher M.D.
In 2014, the NOCC became a funding partner for the first-ever Ovarian Cancer Dream Team with Stand Up To Cancer and the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. About 10-20% of ovarian cancer is likely attributable to genetic inheritance. The team, led by Alan D. D’Andrea, MD, and Elizabeth Swisher, MD, focused on the research of DNA gene repair to provide new advancements in treatment therapies for women with ovarian cancer.
Two significant trials were launched during the team’s time together. The first, WISP (Women choosing Surgical Prevention), is an ongoing study looking at how well surgery works in preventing ovarian cancer in patients with genetic mutations at risk of ovarian cancer.
The second trial, MAGENTA (Making GENetic Testing Accessible), aimed to improve the availability of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes to at-risk individuals through an online genetic testing service.
Dr. Laura, Shawver, and Pamela, a clinical trial participant, discussed the results of the MAGENTA Clinical Trial and answered questions from the ovarian cancer community about at-home genetic testing and counseling.