St John of God Subiaco Hospital is seeking ovarian cancer survivors interested in volunteering for a trial evaluating the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation courses to help manage fears about their cancer recurring.
The pilot study is being led by St John of God Subiaco Hospital Director of Gynaecological Cancer Research Dr Paul Cohen in collaboration with The University of Western Australia and Cancer Council Western Australia.
Dr Cohen said this important study will examine if mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) assists the psychological wellbeing of those who have completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.
"It is well known that women who have survived ovarian cancer can become very concerned and anxious about their cancer recurring, which can impact on their psychological wellbeing," Dr Cohen said.
"Known as the Fear of Recurrence in Ovarian Cancer Survivors study, we are initially undertaking a pilot study on the effectiveness of MBCT to assist participant's wellbeing."
MBCT combines the formal practice of mindfulness meditation with elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy.
Those interested in participating will be required to attend an eight-week MBCT course run by Cancer Council WA from early February at either Shenton Park, Fremantle or Duncraig.
The free course runs for two hours each week and provides practical coping techniques aimed at helping to reduce anxiety and improve mood, quality of life and sleep.
Participants will be asked to undertake each day the activities recommended in the course, including a 40-minute meditation session.
In addition participants will be asked to complete questionnaires immediately before and after the course as well as six months later. Each questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete.
Those interested in participating in the study, or seeking further information, can contact the Clinical Trial Unit at St John of God Subiaco Hospital on ClinicalTrials.Subiaco@sjog.org.au or (08) 6465 9204.