Cancer is a condition of uncontrollable cell growth. There are over 100 types of cancer including breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and prostate cancer. Symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer, yet treatment often includes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the second leading cause of all Deaths in the U.S. in 2007 was cancer at just over 23% (heart disease being the leading cause of Death at just over 25%).
Hypnotherapy for cancer has proven useful in many studies. Not only has hypnotherapy been shown to reduce symptoms associated with chemotherapy and radiation such as nausea, vomiting and fatigue, but also to drastically increase survival rates:
Women with metastatic breast cancer who received group Hypnosis therapy were able to reduce their pain experience by 50% compared to a control group.
At a 10-year follow-up of these same women, the Hypnosis treatment group had double the survival rate of the control group.
(1) Spiegel, D. & Bloom, J.R. (1983b).”Group therapy and Hypnosis Reduce Metastatic Breast Carcinoma Pain.” Psychosomatic Medicine, 45, 333-339.
(2) Spiegel, D., Bloom, J.R., Kraemer, H.,C. & Gottheil, E. (1989a) “Effect of Psychosocial Treatment on Survival of Patients with Metatastic Breast Cancer.” Lancet pp. 888-891.
Both adolescent and adult cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have fewer symptoms of anticipatory nausea and vomiting following Hypnotic interventions.
Zeltzer, L.; LeBaron, S. & Zeltzer, P.M. (1984).The Effectiveness of Behavioral Intervention for Reduction of Nausea and Vomiting in Children and Adolescents Receiving Chemotherapy.” Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2, 683-690. Cotanch, P., Hockenberry, M. & Herman, S. (1985). “Self-Hypnosis Antiemetic Therapy in Children Receiving Chemotherapy.” Oncology Nursing Forum, 12, 41- 46. Zeltzer, L., LeBaron, S. & Zeltzer, P.M. (1984).
The subconscious is a very powerful tool. Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten how to use it. It is truly the most valuable resource we have at our disposal to improve our life.
If you have cancer and are interested in using hypnosis to improve your life please don’t hesitate to call. We here at the Florida Hypnosis Clinics understand how sensitive this time is for you and your family and together we can bring a new level of Health and Healing into your Life.