Hypnosis helps cancer patients while undergoing radiation . . . and long after

If you know anyone in treatment for cancer, this may be welcome news:

A recent randomized controlled trial of hypnosis used with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat fatigue in patients undergoing radiation for breast cancer showed “significantly less fatigue” in the hypnotized group than a control group.  The lead researcher, Dr. Guy Montgomery of Mount Sinai Hospital, said the treatment “is also noninvasive, has no adverse side-effects, and its beneficial effects persist long after the last intervention.”

At the end of radiation, the average patient in the treatment group reported less fatigue than 79% of the control group patients, and six months later, the average patient in the treatment group reported less fatigue than 90% of the control group patients.

Dr. Montgomery said, “This study is important because it shows a new intervention that helps to improve patients’ quality of life during taxing course of breast cancer radiotherapy and for long after.”  Participants also reported that the process was relaxing and helpful.

Nice to see the side effects of hypnosis are relaxation and support!

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