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Research Study – Cancer & Sleep

Rhodes University invites eligible breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer patients to participate in a Master’s research study.

The aim of the study is to characterise the side effects of respective cancer diagnoses (breast, cervical, or ovarian cancer), the associated treatment, and the specific stage of cancer at the time of treatment, on the sleep quality of patients.

Inclusion criteria:

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please consider taking part in the study:

  • Have you been diagnosed with breast, cervical, or ovarian cancer?
  • Are you a female cancer patient currently undergoing cancer treatment?
  • How has your sleep been since starting treatment?
  • Have you been experiencing problems with your sleep?
  • Are you at least 21 years old (to exclude childhood cancers)?

Participants will be required to complete two questionnaires (combined into one google form) that will take approximately 15-20 minutes. The findings from the questionnaires will assist in developing intervention strategies to assist in mitigating some of the side effects.

The closing date for recruitment is 28 April 2023.


If you are interested in finding out more or participating in this research, please contact:

Anke van Heerden (BaH) (Primary Researcher)


Candice Christie (PhD) (Primary Supervisor)


Jonathan Davy (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)


follow the link to the Google Form

The research has been granted ethical approval by the Rhodes University Ethical Standards Committee (REC-241114-045).

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