I’m excited about a new study that shows that hypnosis can help control pain among women with metastatic breast cancer. For several years my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis offices have been teaching self-hypnosis to men and women being treated for cancer.

According to a study by a University at Buffalo School of Social Work professor Lisa Butler, hypnosis can help alleviate the pain and suffering experienced by women being treated for breast cancer.

The results of this study suggest that the experience of pain and suffering for patients with metastatic breast cancer can be successfully reduced with an intervention that includes hypnosis in a group therapy setting.

These results suggest that although hypnosis is not at present standard practice for treating a wide range of symptoms that trouble cancer patients, it is worth examining that potential. These findings suggest that there may be a number of benefits to the use of hypnosis in cancer care including. Read Hypnosis Can Help Control Pain Among Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Other studies have shown that women who have used hypnotherapy prior to breast cancer surgery required less anesthesia, less analgesia, had a shorter surgery, experienced less pain and had a speedier recovery.  Over the years I have taught self-hypnosis to many clients who have been diagnosed with cancer. They have reported to me similar experiences.

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