Virtual reality guided mindfulness meditation for cancer-related pain


We are conducting a study to evaluate to what extent virtual reality guided meditation is acceptable and appealing to cancer patients and survivors. Some studies have found that meditation improves pain and quality of life. More research is needed to determine if meditation delivered through a virtual reality headset is helpful to improve persistent pain problems in people with cancer.

If you are eligible to take part in this study, you will be mailed a virtual reality headset which you will be asked to wear once daily for six weeks. The headset will give you an opportunity to experience different virtual environments for 15 to 30 minutes including nature scenes and sounds with meditation audio. We will also ask you to complete online questionnaires about your physical and mental wellbeing and maintain a daily log of your headset use. At the end of the program, we will ask to interview you over the phone about your experiences in this study. This study can be completed at home and does not involve in-person visits.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 18 to 100

Inclusion criteria:

We are looking for study participants who are:

1) 18 years of age or older
2) Diagnosed with cancer
3) Experiencing chronic pain due to cancer

Exclusion criteria:

You are not eligible to participate if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

1) currently a virtual reality user
2) receiving psychotherapy
3) receiving a non-pharmacologic treatment on a regular basis for your pain problems from a healthcare professional. Examples of non-pharmacologic treatments include massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
4) a diagnosis of dementia, intellectual disability, amnesia, schizophrenia, psychosis, or bipolar disorder
5) a history of seizures or epilepsy
6) severe vision or hearing problems


Fill out the following form if you want to participate in this research

Method of contact

Additional information

Contact information

Mohamad Baydoun (study coordinator) E-mail: Mohamad.baydoun Telephone: 647-210-1986 Linda E. Carlson (principal investigator) E-mail: Telephone: 403-355-3207

Principal investigator:

Linda Ellen Carlson

Clinical trial: