The Our Way Forward survey asked patients and healthcare providers to share their experiences coping with, or treating, ovarian cancer. The results indicate that regardless of the stage of ovarian cancer, there is uncertainty among patients about what to expect after diagnosis – whether they are initially diagnosed or actively seeking greater resources and connections with others to lessen the burden of the disease.
The Our Way Forward survey was conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of TESARO, Inc. between April 13 and May 2, 2017, among 254 women 18+ years of age living in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Survey respondents were selected from individuals who had agreed to participate in surveys through the Harris Poll and their partners or were recruited to participate by patient advocacy organizations, NOCC and OCRFA. Results are not weighted and are therefore representative of only those surveyed. A parallel survey was conducted between April 17 and May 5, 2017, among 232 physicians who treat ovarian cancer patients in the U.S. consisting of 201 medical oncologists and 31 gynecologic oncologists. Survey respondents were selected from physicians who had agreed to participate in surveys through the Harris Poll and their partners. Weights for gender by years in practice and region were applied to align the data with the population parameters for medical oncologists and gynecologic oncologists, separately. A post weight was then applied to combine the two medical specialty groups in proper proportion for the total.