Hypnosis and Cancer:
- Hypnosis before surgery has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can lead to physical pain, and postoperative hypnosis can mitigate the side effects of nausea, vomiting, pain and fatigue.
- 1357 patients were included in a 2014 systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) measuring the efficacy of hypnosis in breast cancer care. In women undergoing diagnostic breast biopsies, hypnosis positively influenced pain and distress; 1 RCT on breast cancer surgery found effects of hypnosis on pain, distress, fatigue, and nausea. For women undergoing radiotherapy (3 RCTs), hypnosis combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy improved distress and fatigue. In 3 RCTs on women with and without a history of breast cancer experiencing hot flashes, hypnosis improved hot flashes and distress. Three RCTs on women with metastatic breast cancer found effects on pain and distress. While the number of studies on hypnosis and cancer needs to increase, the evidence has been promising.
- A study of 86 breast cancer patients demonstrates that patients who used psychosocial intervention in addition to oncological care lived significantly longer than those who were treated with only oncological treatment. Patients that participated in expressive support group therapy sessions experienced significantly less pain and suffering than those that didn’t. Those that participated in hypnosis AND expressive support groups experienced significantly greater reductions in pain and suffering than those that just did the support groups.
- Studies show groups of patients that participate in hypnosis experience significantly less pain than groups that used just relaxation and guided imagery techniques.
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“The only thing that worked for the leg pain from chemotherapy was Stacy’s hypnosis recordings.”
— GINA CONSTANTINO
“When I found out I had cancer I was so anxious. The fear of the unknown was overwhelming. I couldn’t sleep or think straight. I had a botched surgery and that added so much anger and resentment to the mix. I was amazed at how hypnotherapy helped me feel so calm. I never imagined I could have completely let go of my anger but, with Stacy’s help, I even got to a place of gratitude for all the cancer had taught me. Stacy’s help was invaluable during one of the most critical times of my life.”
— CHRIS DAVIS