MindOnLine: A mindfulness program for people with breast, bowel or prostate cancer

Researchers at Deakin University are inviting people who have finished treatment for prostate or bowel cancer to participate in an online mindfulness study.

After having cancer treatment, it is common to feel anxious or scared that the cancer will come back. Mindfulness practice can help people learn to manage their fears and worries.

The research team have developed an online mindfulness program (MindOnLine) and would like to test if it can help people with prostate or colorectal cancer. The team are now primarily focusing on promoting bowel and prostate cancer as they have successfully reached the recruitment target for women living with breast cancer, and are aiming to finalise requirement by the end of the year.

To be eligible you must be over the age of 18, speak and read English, have finished treatment within the last five years and have access to the Internet.

People diagnosed with bowel cancer stages 1-3 are eligible (stages 1-3 includes early stages and local cancer).

During this project you may be randomized to the intervention group where you will receive access to the 9-week MindOnLine program. Or, you may be randomized to the control group where you will receive your usual care from your healthcare service provider.

You will be asked to complete surveys at the beginning of the study, around 9 weeks later and again 6 months later.

People in the control group will be able to access MindOnLine after they complete the last survey.

Here are some of the great reflections of people that have gone through the program already:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and have continued to use mindfulness on a daily basis. Thank you for allowing me to do this program.” – bowel cancer survivor

“I found the use of breathing in MindOnLine as an “anchor” quite profound, yet so simple” – prostate cancer survivor

“MindOnLine made me feel someone cared. The end of cancer treatment left me feeling discarded and irrelevant and utterly alone with no or care from anyone” – breast cancer survivor.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr Natalie Heynsbergh on

Tel: (03) 9246 8225, Mobile: 0419 263 117 or at Email: n.heynsbergh@deakin.edu.au

For more information please visit https://mindonline.org.au


This project is being conducted by Deakin University in association with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Barwon Health, Epworth Health, Western Health, Smiling Mind, The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, The Breast Cancer Network Australia and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.