Cancer hypnosis helps patients in many ways. It helps them prevent cancer by modifying a lifestyle. It reduces anxiety and pain during diagnostic procedures. Cancer hypnosis helps during treatment by reducing or eliminating anticipatory nausea and it helps the body’s effort to heal itself. It even helps when it comes to survivorship by reducing stress, improving sleep and reducing the fear of recurrence.
Cancer affects everyone I know and probably everyone you know as well. If not as a patient, then as a loved one or friend. I had a friend who recently passed away from esophageal cancer. Before he died he told me one of the most difficult things about it was the trip to the doctor’s office for his chemotherapy. He said in the past he would go to the doctor and count on feeling better from the visit, but now with his cancer, he would go see the doctor and count on feeling worse. He truly dreaded it.
Is Cancer Hypnosis A Cure?
No, but it is a holistic tool that your doctor can use with any other medical protocol required. Because hypnosis is not taught in most medical schools doctors have a tendency to lump it in with acupuncture and eastern medicine practices. You should note, however, that hypnosis received study for its efficacy and you can find out more about this by reading NIH (National Institute of Health) article PMC3755455
Hypnosis and Cancer Prevention
We know that, besides heredity, certain lifestyle choices contribute to the chances of getting cancer. For instance, in the United States, smoking cigarettes links to 80% to 90% of the lung cancer cases. The National Cancer Institute states that 54% of Gallbladder cancers in women and 44% of esophageal cancers in men link to obesity. Changing lifestyle habits, like quitting smoking and eating properly, are very suitable for hypnosis if the patient really wants to make the change. Hypnosis is a cooperative process. If the patient does not trust the hypnotist or does not want to make a change then hypnotism will not succeed. Once the patient embraces the hypnotic process they can begin to see results. Hypnosis is a skill taught to the patient once they have accepted the usefulness of it.
Hypnosis and Cancer Diagnosis
Many diagnostic procedures are intrusive and uncomfortable. Hypnosis helps reduce discomfort from lumbar punctures and bone marrow aspirations in children. Hypnosis alleviates the fear of injection or venipuncture in children as well as reducing any lingering pain post procedure. Just the anticipation and worry of possible negative outcomes is traumatic to some people. Hypnosis is perfect for minimizing diagnostic and pre-diagnostic anxiety.
Hypnosis and Cancer Treatment
Most cancer patients will have surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or some combination of these interventions. These needed treatments often have adverse side effects such as, pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Hypnosis helps the patient’s quality of life with regard to these treatment options. Hypnosis helps patients improve their recovery by focusing on positive outcomes and following medical advice. For those undergoing chemotherapy, hypnosis helps control nausea and vomiting.
Hypnosis and Cancer Survivorship
There will be over 20 million cancer survivors by the year 2026 according to a report by the American Cancer Society. Many cancer survivors continue to experience impaired quality of life issues such as, chronic pain and neuropathy, cognitive problems, sleeplessness, fatigue, fear of cancer recurrence, hot flashes, and sexual dysfunction. Hypnosis helps reduce symptoms suffered by many cancer survivors.
Hypnosis for Cancer
If you care about cancer in any of the areas mentioned [prevention – diagnosis – treatment – survivorship], either for yourself or a loved one, contact your doctor for a referral to Conroe Life Changes.Book Appointment