Supporting prostate cancer research

Current Research Projects

Our research covers the physical, psychosocial, and financial issues of cancer, beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases and includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also included in our research.

The Quality of Digital Assets: Intentions to Continue to Use and Psychosocial Outcomes for Cancer-Affected People

Macquarie University and PCFA are conducting a study to find out what people affected by cancer identify as important when accessing online resources provided by non-profit cancer organisations. The online resources include cancer Facebook pages, online cancer communities, podcasts, webinars, and videos. The scope of the study involves an assessment of features that relate to the content, design, and credibility of these online resources ….


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

In this study we will run a randomised controlled trial of an online mindfulness program (called MindOnLine) for people living with breast, bowel or prostate cancer. MindOnLine is a 9-week program comprising several components including videos, guided audios, self-reflections and goal setting to help guide mindfulness practice. Participants will be randomly assigned to either the intervention group with immediate access to MindOnLine, or a waitlist group who will receive access to MindOnLine after the last follow up.


Consumer participation in the development of a patient-centred clinical pathway for prevention and monitoring of cardiovascular toxicity/cardiovascular disease

This project aims to find out about the preferences of consumers and other relevant people (e.g. health care professionals) about the best way to provide care to people who are undergoing treatment for or have a history of cancer, who are also at risk of heart disease. Our team will use this information to develop a new program, led by nurses, for management of heart disease in people being treated for cancer.


Improving the mental health of cancer survivors with an online mindfulness program: a partnership model to impact on cancer care.

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.
We have developed an online mindfulness program (MindOnLine) and would like to test if it can help people with prostate, breast or colorectal cancer.


Stakeholder Experiences of Cancer during the COVID-19 Pandemic

How is COVID-19 impacting you? You are invited to take part in a research study exploring the experiences and perceptions of cancer patients and their carers about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on treatment decision making, psychological well-being, and unmet needs specifically related to the pandemic.


Cancer Survivors and Successful Return to Work – The Role of Job- and Organisational-Level Resources

How can workplaces best help their employees with cancer return to work after treatment? What are the key factors that help or hinder this process? Researchers at Deakin University are interested in finding the answers to these questions, to help support survivors and workplaces during this period.


Defining Research Priorities and Needs in Cancer Symptoms for adults who are living with and after cancer

We are interested in your views regarding which cancer symptoms have the biggest impact on daily life for people that are living with or have lived with cancer, and those that take care of them.


Co-design of a prostate cancer support portal – BroSupPORT

Monash University researchers are investigating new ways to improve the experiences and outcomes of people affected by prostate cancer. They are seeking men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their support person who are interested in taking part in a study to develop a website to better support the needs of men with prostate cancer.


Understanding the Role of Pets in Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life

Cancer Council SA researchers are seeking people who have been diagnosed with cancer and have finished active treatment who are willing to take part in a confidential survey about wellbeing and quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.


Exploring the experiences of partners of prostate cancer survivors and the role of information technology to support their needs.

Prostate cancer not only affects men but also partners. Partners often experience greater levels of distress and anxiety than men with prostate cancer and many have unmet needs. We would like to hear about your experiences of caring for someone with prostate cancer and identify strategies for meeting your needs.


Couples’ relationship satisfaction, communication styles, quality of life and prostate cancer.

This project explores the quality of relationships and the confidence felt when interacting with medical professionals. Your participation in this study will extend the knowledge about communication styles used between patients and health professionals.


Delivering an individualised web-based exercise intervention to support men with metastatic prostate cancer: A pilot randomised control trial.

Evidence suggests that regular physical activity can help reduce symptom distress and improve quality of life for men with metastatic prostate cancer. If you have been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer we invite you to take part in a clinical trial where an online exercise program will be tailored to your specific needs.


Out with Cancer: LGBTQI+ experiences of cancer and cancer care.

Out with Cancer is an international study on LGBTQI+ experiences of cancer and cancer care.


Optimising the Cancer Nutrition Path: invitation to participate in Patient and Carer Survey

As a consumer of cancer care in Victoria, patient or carer, I would like to invite you to participate in a survey. The survey aims to inform the development of a cancer nutrition care pathway. We are hoping to receive as many responses as possible in order to learn about your nutrition needs and experiences during your cancer journey.


Navigate: Randomised Control Trial of an online treatment decision aid for men with low-risk prostate cancer and their partners.

Men recently diagnosed with low risk prostate cancer are needed to take part in a study assessing a new online tool designed to help navigate their treatment. The Navigate clinical trial is recruiting men diagnosed with low-risk or localised prostate cancer within the last three months.


Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness Online: The development and pilot testing of an internet physical activity program for prostate cancer survivors.

Research has shown that participating in physical activity is beneficial for prostate cancer survivors. Some men have expressed interest to use the internet as a way to find information on their own. This study asks whether an internet program could be a good way for men to receive information about physical activity.


Join us today!

Pathfinder is a unique prostate cancer research register that enables prostate cancer survivors to participate in research for a brighter future with their loved ones.

It will enable researchers to save valuable time and money recruiting participants for their projects, so that they can spend more time delivering health benefits to those in need. Click the button to the right to register!