CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia Cancer Center is partnering with Virginia Commonwealth University's Massey Cancer Center to sponsor a free, daylong educational event on ovarian cancer.

The event is scheduled to be held at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump hotel in Glen Allen from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 17. Attendees will get the chance to speak with experts about gynecological cancer research and learn about new treatment options.

The goal of this educational course is to help patients, survivors, family members, and the community learn more about ovarian cancer and help those suffering realize they are not alone.

Physicians and researchers from all over the country will discuss genetic testing, clinical trials, nutrition and exercise, and symptom management for ovarian cancer survivors.

"These courses are really empowering for women and really help women not just to network and get information, but also to have experts in the field from all over the country," said Dr. Linda Duska.

While ovarian cancer is most often diagnosed in advanced stages, UVA professionals will discuss some of the breakthrough research being done to combat the disease.

Panelists will also discuss ways patients and survivors can use social media to help battle the disease.

You can register online or on-site the day of the event.