World-first study on spiritual wellbeing and cancer

A University of Adelaide researcher is conducting a world-first study to further our understanding of how spiritual wellbeing affects quality of life for those affected by cancer. The study, being conducted for Cancer Council Australia, will seek to measure the importance of feelings such as hope, love, peace and forgiveness and their impact on patients' emotional and physical wellbeing - such as energy levels and pain - at different stages of the cancer journey.

Cancer patients, survivors, friends, family members, professional and informal carers and even those who have never been affected by cancer are sought to take part in an online questionnaire. Cancer Council Australia researcher Dr Hayley Whitford and Cancer Council Australia CEO Professor Ian Olver will analyse the information provided to determine which aspects of spiritual wellbeing, including the less acknowledged aspects such as appreciation and connectedness, are the most important in improving cancer patients' resilience and quality of life. Professor Olver says it's an important area of research for anyone coping with, or treating, cancer. Find out more and complete the questionnaire at:

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