About Small Cell Ovarian Cancer

Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary (SCCO) is a rare, highly malignant tumor that affects mainly young women. The median age of diagnosis is 24 years old. Approximately two thirds of patients with ovarian small cell carcinoma have hypercalcemia. SCCO is one of several types of ovarian cancer, all with the same general symptoms (See Symptoms Tab). Small cell ovarian cancer is very aggressive and grows very quickly. Therefore, we believe the importance of finding and treating this cancer early, while the tumor is relatively small, is critical. Keep in mind; many doctors have never seen a patient with small cell ovarian cancer. Some doctors who see a young woman with subtle symptoms and no family history of cancer may suggest that she perhaps has indigestion, or some other minor ailment. You must be your own strong advocate. If the symptoms are sudden and constant for 2-3 weeks, please be persistent. YOU KNOW YOUR BODY BETTER THAN ANYONE.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, make information about small cell ovarian cancer more readily available to future patients and their families, and to fund research into this dreadful disease.

Small Cell Ovarian
Cancer Foundation
Support & resources for those
suffering from small cell ovarian cancer.
Recent News

KUTV News a local tv station here in Utah did a piece about our story, you can watch it by clicking HERE

Small Cell Ovarian Cancer Foundation now has a Facebook Page!!
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The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance recently profiled our foundation in their September newsletter. Click Here to read the article.

No warranty whatsoever is made that any of the information contained in the Small Cell Ovarian Cancer Foundation ("SCOCF") website is accurate, or that it applies to your specific situation. The medical information provided on this site cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional. No one in any way connected to the SCOCF can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use any of the information presented on this web site. Nothing included on the smallcellovarian.org website should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.

Scientists discover the cause of Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type! Researchers from TGen, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and McGill University all found the same gene mutation and therefore each study acted as confirmation of the others. Next step:  targeted treatment!  For links to the articles published in Nature Genetics on March 23, 2014, go to our Articles Page. For more information on each study, or to be a participant, see our Helpful Links page. There is still more to be done, all three studies need more tumor specimens for their continuing research. 

ATTENTION: SCCO FAMILIES

We have become aware of the possibility of an SCCO “cluster” in the Pennsylvania area. Dr. Douglas Levine of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has indicated his interest in investigating whether or not a cluster exists. If you are a patient or family member of a patient who lives or has lived in the Pennsylvania area and are willing to be contacted by Dr. Levine or would like more information, please send your contact information to us at info@smallcellovarian.org. Thank You!

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