It should be no surprise that stress reduction helps patients battle cancer. For the past several years I have had the opportunity to teach stress reduction, mindfulness and self hypnosis skills to many people living with and recovering from cancer. Learning how to be calm and relaxed in stressful situations has been essential for these clients. Having a disease like cancer and dealing with the medical appointments, family, friends, work, insurance, finances, …. can be extremely stressful.
Stress Reduction Helps
Patient Battle Cancer
Cleveland.com, April 23, 2012
Meditation, deep breathing, talk therapy — and anything else that reduces stress, even hypnosis — is a good idea in any high-stress situation. And new evidence reinforces what we’ve been saying for years: You can help defeat cancer if you practice stress management.
The department of psychology and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami joined forces to prove that a 10-week stress-management program reduces tumor-promoting inflammation. Inflammation not only weakens the immune system and promotes the spread of cancer cells, it aggravates the side effects of treatment and helps fuel anxiety and the blues.
They used cognitive-behavioral therapy to help women deal with the side effects of treatment (physical changes, as well as anger, grief, fear and uncertainty) and targeted early-stage breast cancer patients.
A comprehensive approach to stress reduction sounds like just what you need. Many cancer-support programs also encourage family members to attend counseling. You can find good programs in teaching hospitals, and we’re certain your oncologist and even your general practitioner will give you good advice on where to go.
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. The overall cost of surgery was also significantly less for women undergoing hypnosis. [Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Sept. 5, 2007 (J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Sep 5;99(17):1304-12. Epub 2007 Aug 28)]
Stress management boosts your immune system and can help recovery from illness and disease. Self hypnosis and other mindfulness techniques help stress reduction. You can learn how to hypnotize yourself and put hypnosis to work in your life so that you can be more calm and relaxed even in highly stressful situations.
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With each breath I become more calm and relaxed.
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