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.

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Care Coordination Study

Participate in the Care Coordination Study

Are you a cancer patient with family/friend support? We need your help to improve cancer care! We are currently recruiting participants to the Care Coordination Study, a survey study looking for both patients and their family/relative/friend caregivers.



Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial/EA1151 Study

Participate in the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial/EA1151 Study

We are currently recruiting women to Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST), a clinical trial that will help us develop strategies that tailor breast cancer screening to the risks of individual women.



Online Mindfulness Meditation Study

Participate in the Online Mindfulness Meditation Study

The 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.



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No Ke Ola Pono o Nā Kāne Study

Participate in the No Ke Ola Pono o Nā Kāne Study

Come join us for a session to talk story about what it means to be a healthy Native Hawaiian kāne. The No Ke Ola Pono o Nā Kāne project (for the good health of men) in partnership with Ke Ola Mamo, the Native Hawaiian Health Care System of Oʻahu, seeks to recruit Native Hawaiian men to discuss the current health and cultural issues that are important to them. Sessions are held regularly throughout the islands during the evening hours.



Smokers Study

Participate in the Smokers Study

We are now actively recruiting subjects for a smoking study being conducted at the UH Cancer Center in Kakaʻako. Participation in this study will help scientists better understand why some people who smoke seem to be at higher risk for developing smoking‐related diseases.



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The Betel Nut Intervention Study (BENIT)

Participate in the The Betel Nut Intervention Study

Interested in learning about betel nut chewing and how to quit?

This intervention is designed to explore the effectiveness of a betel nut cessation program for residents of Guam and Saipan who are betel nut chewers. 



Shape Up! Adults Study

Participate in the Shape Up! Adults Study

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

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.



Shape Up! Kids Study

Participate in the Shape Up! Kids Study

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

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




4C Models Study

Participate in the 4C Models Study

Interested in your percent body fat, percent lean mass, bone density, and total body water?

Obesity accounts for 20% of all cancers. Loss of lean mass with aging and cancer status leads to frailty and increased mortality. The measure of obesity and muscle status is confounded in that as adiposity increases, the fat-free component of adipose tissue also increases and is mistaken as muscle in standard body composition measures. Low hydration status is also confused with low muscle mass. In this study, we investigate how to isolate the fat-free adipose tissue and hydration status from the lean mass measures in Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) and other methods. These issues are also important in the functional assessment of athletes. Eighty (80) participants (40 male), will be recruited for a variety of body composition assessments. The overall goal is to determine how to derive accurate body composition with varying states of hydration.


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Determinants of Exercise Capacity Study

Participate in the Determinants of Exercise Capacity Study

Interested in your percent body fat, percent lean mass, bone density, and fitness level?

This medical research study performs body composition and exercise testing on healthy individuals to determine cardiorespiratory fitness using technology like Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA), treadmill aerobic tests, 3D optical scans, air displacement, and muscle strength measures. The repeatability and reliability of these different body composition measures are determined.


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Free 3D Optical Scans

Participate in the Free 3D Optical Scans

Interested in learning about your percent body fat?

Get free 3D optical Optical scans every Wednesdays at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center!