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Signs and Symptoms:

  • Vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling or pain; bloating and/or feeling of fullness
  • Unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Frequency and/or urgency or urination
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • New and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal vaginal bleeding

Risk Factors:

  • Peri or post-menopause
  • Uninterrupted ovulation (no pregnancies and no prior use of oral contraceptives)
  • Family or personal history of breast/ovarian cancer
  • Presence of BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations


  • Use of oral contraceptives for 5+ years
  • Multiple pregnancies, breast feeding
  • Removal of ovaries or tubal ligation – procedures may reduce, but not entirely eliminate risk
Anna's Belles

Oklahoma Ovarian Cancer Support Group

We are in this together, caring for each other.


We meet the third Saturday of the month except November and December.
12 - 1 pm
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
10109 E. 79th St. (Hwy 169 & 81st St.)
Tulsa, Okla.


Anna's Belles is Oklahoma's only ovarian cancer support group. It is based in Tulsa, Okla, and led by semi-retired licensed practical nurse Anna Schlichting. She started the group in 1997 as a chemo nurse. Since then, the group has grown and meets monthly to support and uplift one another during and after treatment for ovarian cancer.

The group meets the third Saturday of each month except November and December. We have a holiday party in December.

Membership is free and open to anyone living with ovarian cancer. Although someone occasionally treats the group to lunch, members typically bring sack lunches to the meetings.

Whether you just need someone to talk to or want to join, please feel free to contact us.


Anna Schlichting

Copyright 2009 Ovarian Cancer Awareness