Hypnosis for cancer

This week’s Ask Roger question is about hypnosis for cancer. Over the years it’s been my honor to support people who are living cancer with mindfulness hypnosis.

For the past 20 years I have supported more than 75 clients with hypnosis for cancer. I have been a frequent speaker at cancer support groups at Gilda’s Club Seattle (now Cancer Pathways) and in numerous hospitals. Since 2009, I have been a support team member at Peninsula Cancer Center in Poulsbo, WA.

I’ve also taught several professional cancer hypnosis classes.

But, the real question is, what can one expect from hypnosis for cancer?

Studies show that surgical patients who received hypnosis pre-operatively had less anxiety, pain, pain medication, emotional upset, and fatigue, and had shorter treatment times.

Hypnosis help for cancer

Hypnosis can help someone who is living with cancer to relax and cope better with symptoms and treatment. Hypnotherapy can help people to feel more comfortable and in control of their situation.

Hypnosis is an excellent tool to help with depression, stress and anxiety.

Patients in hypnosis treatment groups had better outcomes than 89% of patients in control groups across a wide range of clinical outcomes including pain, pain medication, negative affect, blood pressure, nausea, fatigue, and treatment time.

Hypnosis can help to alleviate or overcome the side effects of chemo and radiation. It can also help alleviate nausea, reduce pain, help with appetite, reduce or eliminate hot flashes and boost energy and improve sleep.

Major treatment centers around the world are using hypnosis for cancer and continue to conduct research documenting the benefits of hypnosis.

These are just a few the many benefits of hypnosis for cancer.

Hypnosis for cancer


When I first talk to someone about hypnosis for cancer I make it a point to clarify the goals for hypnosis. For one person it might be more about managing the side effects of treatment. For someone else it might be about working through the mental and emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis. With others, the goal of hypnosis may be about end of life preparations.

And some people just want a safe place to talk about their fears, anger, illness and the possibility of death.

An important goal of mine with any client is to create a sense of hope and to empower the person to have a sense of control.

Sometimes a client will request that a partner or other family member or caregiver attend the hypnosis sessions so that they too can benefit from the session. This can also be a venue for discussing the hard topics that are often avoided when at home.

Hypnosis for cancer can help alleviate the pain and suffering of cancer and cancer treatment. Hypnosis can help you to have peace of mind and emotional equanimity.

Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I fill this day with hope and joy.


What can I expect from hypnosis for cancer?

I received the following email from Robert a few days ago. He wrote:

“My doctor urged me to contact you about hypnosis. He highly recommended you. I have Stage 2 Colorectal cancer. I have just begun chemo therapy and I may have to have radiation. I don’t know anything about hypnosis but I trust my doctor.

Can you please tell me what I can expect from hypnosis? How will it help me?

Thank you


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