Cancer Prevention and Wellness Studies

The UH Cancer Center is on the frontline in the battle against cancer. We are researching new ways to prevent, and treat cancer, as well as improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.  We are currently conducting more than 100 cancer clinical trials to study new therapies with life-saving potential. Join us in the fight by volunteering, hosting a fundraising event or participating in a research study. Every contribution of time, funding or resources makes a difference.

Shape Up! Adults Study

Interested in learning about your percent body fat, percent lean mass, and bone density?

Participate in the Shape Up! Adults Study.

Several body composition measurements will be completed for this study: whole-body Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), blood draw, optical (2D and 3D) imaging, and muscle strength.

Time Commitment: One time visit at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center that will last about two hours.

Requirements:

  1. 18 years or older
  2. Able to lay flat on your back for up to 10 minutes
  3. Able to stand without aid for 2 minutes
  4. Do not have any metal implants

Benefits:

  1. Copy of the DXA scan report (fat, lean, and bone mass)
  2. Complete Blood Count results

Compensation: A gift card will be given to participants, upon completion of the study visit. Some participants may be eligible to participate in a follow-up visit for an additional gift card.

To participate or learn more about this study, contact the study coordinator at (808) 440-5234 and mention “Shape Up! Adults Study


Shape Up! Kids Study

Participate in the Shape Up! Kids Study to measure your body composition!

Purpose: Develop ways to measure health and body composition from 2D and 3D images.

You may qualify if you:

  1. Are between 5 and 17 years old
  2. Are able to lay flat on your back for up to 10 minutes
  3. Are able to stand without aid for 2 minutes
  4. Don’t have any metal in or on your body that can’t be removed

Procedures: Questionnaire, DXA, MRI, pictures, blood draw, body and strength measurements

Time commitment: One visit that will last about 3 hours. (Some participants will have a second visit)

Upon completion of the study visit you will receive:

  1. A gift card
  2. Information about your body composition

Participate or learn more about this study by contacting the study team at (808) 440-5234 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and reference the "Shape Up! Kids Study".


Online Mindfulness Meditation

MThe goal of this 8-week program is to determine whether participation in an online mindfulness meditation and/or mobile app (OMM) can improve the well-being of cancer survivors.

  1. Open to all cancer survivors, aside from those diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer
  2. Must have completed primary treatment for cancer (hormone therapy accepted)
  3. Over 21 years of age
  4. Have access to Internet and own a smartphone (Android)
  5. Comfortable reading and writing in English
  6. Not currently practicing meditation (no more than one hour per week)

You will be randomly assigned to receive either 8 weeks of online mindfulness meditation, 8 weeks of access to a mindfulness app or no treatment.  Regardless of group assignment, you will receive a total of three $20 gift cards:  at the beginning of the study, 8 weeks later and again at 16 weeks from the beginning of the study.

Participate or learn more about this study by contacting the study team at (808) 441-3491 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Hula Study

More information to come.