Stress impacts cancerI was excited to talk about hypnosis for cancer recovery with Dr. Berit Madsen, Dr. R. Alex Hsi and their staff at the new Peninsula Cancer Center. At my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis offices I have have assisted women and men with self-hypnosis in their recovery from cancer and recovery from other surgeries and health issues. Numerous studies show that hypnotherapy is effective in cancer recovery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46 million inpatient surgeries were performed in 2006. This statistic does not include outpatient surgeries where people are released within 24 hours after surgery. Preoperative surgery often causes anxiety because people have a fear of the unknown. People tend to fear the worst before surgery and this can cause stress and can actually have a negative effect on postoperative recovery. Hypnotherapy has been found to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain in patients recovering from surgery.

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that: “During surgery, the 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.”

You can find more about hypnosis for cancer here at Hypnosis Health Info.

For more than five years I have been working with clients who were preparing for cancer surgery and recovery from cancer at my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis office. Clients have repeatedly shared with me the positive impact hypnosis has had in the preparation and recovery from surgery. Clients share that self-hypnosis has reduced the pain they experienced and they believe it has helped with speedier recovery.

Hypnotherapy is known to help with the fear and anxiety of surgery and cancer treatment. Clients are reporting less nausea and that they are better able to cope with family, friends and work. Men have reported that with self-hypnosis they were able to better manage urinary incontinence and improve sexual function.

I am excited to welcome Dr. Berit Madsen, Dr. R. Alex Hsi and the staff at the new Peninsula Cancer Center to Poulsbo, Washington on the Kitsap Peninsula. I look forward to working closely with patients and staff of  Peninsula Cancer Center.  Watch for announcements of public informational meetings. For more information visit Peninsula Cancer Center.

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