About the Ovarian Health and Lifestyle Study

The Ovarian Health and Lifestyle Study looks at health and lifestyle factors of women with ovarian cancer and other gynecologic conditions. The purpose of the study is to learn what future patients can do to improve their health after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Learning how to improve the lives of cancer survivors takes time, and volunteers are a vital part of the process. Women who take part in this study can make a big difference for future ovarian cancer patients.

Who can participate in the study?

Women who meet these criteria may take part in the study:

  • Between the ages of 21 and 89
  • Diagnosed with, or suspected of having, the following:
    • Ovarian cancer, any stage
    • Peritoneal cancer, any stage
    • Fallopian tube cancer, any stage
    • Pelvic mass
  • United States resident

Women pregnant at the time of diagnosis, prisoners, and patients unable to provide informed consent will not be included in this study.

If I participate, what will I do?

We ask participants to complete questionnaires about health behaviors, symptoms, well-being, diet, and supplement use.

  • Participants can fill out questionnaires in clinic on our study iPad or at home, either on paper or online. We provide prepaid envelopes to return paper questionnaires.
  • Our clinical research coordinator can answer questions while participants fill out the questionnaires in clinic. If you fill out the form at home and have questions, you may contact the coordinator by email or telephone.
  • Participants complete questionnaires at the beginning of the study and after 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.

Where do I get more information?

If you have questions or would like more information about the Ovarian Health and Lifestyle Study, please contact the study coordinator, Kathryn Szczokta, at 801-581-7038 or ovcasurvivorstudy@hci.utah.edu.