My daughter-in-law, Dr. Nancy Miggins, recently gave me an article from Dr. Andrew Weil about the benefits of hypnosis for women having breast cancer surgery. According to a study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute hypnotherapy may ease the pain of breast cancer surgery both during and after the procedure. Two hundred women scheduled for a breast biopsy or lumpectomy were randomly assigned to receive either 15 minutes of hypnosis (including suggestions intended to promote relaxation and reduce pain) or chat with a psychologist shortly before surgery. The hypnotherapy group needed less anesthesia during surgery and reported less pain, nausea, fatigue and emotional distress afterward.
Dr. Weil adds that he suspects that this mind-body method may be even more effective if you begin working with a hypnotherapist or listening to a self-hypnosis recording at least a month before your operation. From my perspective, I would urge you to both work with a hypnotherapist and listen to hypnosis recordings. If you are using a recording, listen daily for a month before and for several weeks following surgery. Hypnosis Healing and Recovery From Cancer is a perfect example of the benefits of hypnotherapy.