This research is part of my PhD (at the University of Derby).

Development of an 8-week Compassion-Based Training for Female Breast Cancer Patients (stages I-IIIC).

The compassion-based training is an 8-week training and similarly to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are approximately 2 hours long and are held on a weekday evening (usually between 6pm-8pm). Each class may consist of lead (sometimes guided) meditations, gentle movement exercises (such as mindful yoga), didactic lecture, and group discussion/inquiry (this is part of the experiential learning/psychological debriefing process after each exercise).

Compassion – has two components: (1) common (shared) feeling with the world, (2) a way of communicating with the phenomenal world, and responsiveness by skilful means (wisdom) to alleviate the suffering (discomfort, fear, doubt, stress, pain) of both the other and oneself (definition by Julia E. Wahl, 2014) .

If you’re interested in my research, email me :).



I’m happy to announce that my 8-week CfC (Compassion for Cancer) course and study (for Female Breast Cancer Patients, stages I-III and 'survivors') will be starting in January (in Derby)! (it has been approved by a research ethics comittee).

If you’re interested in joining, do let me know. I’d be more than happy to provide you with all the details! My email address:

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6 Comments on “Research – Compassion in Cancer”

  1. hello Julia i am very interested in your research, I am looking at applying to do a PHD but in children who have experienced cancer and how to build self compassion in a ward setting as they receive treatment. DO you know of any similar research? I am so excited about it and am wondering if something similar has been done?

    Any help much appreciated!

  2. Hi,

    I currently run MBSR courses in cancer care but in my previous role I ran CFT courses for the nhs. I really interested in this, could you tell me more?



  3. Dear All, thank you so much for your interest and apologies for this late reply. I’d be happy to let you know more about it. And if there are people interested in the course, do let them know about it.
    Warmly, Julia

  4. Hi,
    I’m very interested in your work, I’m working with oncological patients with the use of Mindfulness and compassion approach.

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