Ovar­ian can­cer sur­vivors sought

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

ST JOHN of God Su­bi­aco Hos­pi­tal (SJOSG) needs ovar­ian can­cer sur­vivors to vol­un­teer for a study to ex­plore mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion cour­ses and their ef­fect on women’s fears their can­cer will re­turn.

Gy­nae­co­log­i­cal Can­cer Re­search di­rec­tor Paul Co­hen will lead the study in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of WA and Can­cer Coun­cil of WA (CCWA).

The study would ex­am­ine if Mind­ful­ness-Based Cog­ni­tive Ther­apy (MBCT) helped the psy­cho­log­i­cal well­be­ing of those who had 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.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part will be re­quired to at­tend an eight-week MBCT course run by CCWA start­ing in early next month at Shen­ton Park, Fre­man­tle or Dun­craig. The course is free and runs for two hours a week, pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal cop­ing tech­niques to help re­duce anx­i­ety and im­prove mood, qual­ity of life and sleep.

To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Clin­i­calTri­als.Su­bi­aco@sjog.org.au or call 6465 9204.

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