Women undergoing surgery for breast cancer who received a brief hypnosis session before entering the operating room required less anesthesia and pain medication during surgery, and reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort after surgery than women who did not receive hypnosis. This afternoon I have the pleasure of speaking to about 50 people (doctors, nurses, staff and patients) at the Harrison Hospital oncology department in Silverdale, WA. It is always an honor for me to be able to share about my experiences teaching hypnosis to cancer patients. People living with cancer can learn hypnosis to improve their quality of life.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Studies are showing that hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool in dealing with the physical symptoms of cancer as well as decreasing need for anesthesia during surgery, alleviating pain, nausea, fatigue and emotional distress. Hypnosis is also used to modify the course of the disease process itself through the use of imagery. Studies show that during surgery, hypnotized women required 22% less analgesia and 34% less sedation. After surgery, they reported 53% less pain intensity, 46% less fatigue, 47% less discomfort, and 74% less emotional upset. They also spent 11 fewer minutes in surgery, resulting in a cost savings of almost $800.00 per patient. ~Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Sept. 5, 2007 (J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Sep 5;99(17):1304-12. Epub 2007 Aug 28)
A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering blow for anyone. Cancer is often a disease that lasts a long time, and people may be treated for it for many years. Hypnosis can help people with cancer live high-quality lives at every stage of their illness and receive healing in all that they do. According to the Mayo Clinic, “The purpose of Hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behaviour, emotions or physical well-being”
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, give me a call or email me and find out how you can learn hypnosis to for stress reduction, pain management and to improve the overall quality of life through the stages of treatment. If you live too far away, we can design Skype and phone sessions just for you.
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