Cancer and Hypno-oncology

Being diagnosed with cancer is a highly stressful experience for patients. Can be a high source of anxiety and depression, as it impacts physical appearance, sexual identity, and life expectancy. Other stress factors include specific fears, patients are often fearful of general anaesthesia, anticipated pain, not waking up after surgery, and experiencing general postoperative discomfort, especially in female patients. A 15-minute presurgical hypnosis session has been proven to be an effective way of controlling preoperative distress in women awaiting a diagnosis.

The main adverse effects of postoperative surgical management of Breast Cancer are

Nausea, vomiting, pain, Sleep difficulties, anxiety, depression, and fatigue, and all of them can be mitigated by the use of hypnosis and local anaesthesia.

Hypno-oncology based hypnotherapy work, treatment for a myriad of cancer-related issues. Hypnosis can reduce side effects and stress for patients with Cancer, and even substitute for anaesthesia during some surgeries.

Hypnosis has been shown to be safe and effective and can help patients with all types of Cancer and for many different purposes. In some ways, hypnosis is the multi-purpose tool.

Hypnosis in the Perioperative Management of Breast Cancer Surgery

Hypnosis can reduce pain, anxiety, and fatigue and improve wound healing. Hypnosis is inexpensive, an important consideration given current financial concerns in healthcare.
Breast Cancer is an important public health concern. It is the most commonly encountered cancer among women worldwide and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality. To improve outcomes, breast cancer surgery is often required but can negatively affect patients on different levels triggering psychological, physical, metabolic, changes.

Relationships between the psychological and psychological aspects of cancer have been investigated, and studies show that prolonged psychological stress probably impairs the immune response, which is one of the fundamental factors in the prognosis of oncology patients. Surgery is commonly required in the treatment of cancerous tumours, but this period is often considered critical for oncological outcomes because of the risk of tumour dissemination and possible depressive effects on immunity.

Patients with high levels of anxiety are at greater risk of acute postoperative pain and increased opioid consumption. Hypnosis can be used at every step of recovery. Hot flushes are also a significant problem for many breast cancer survivors.

Side Effects of Treatments

Hypnosis is most commonly used to manage side effects of treatment. Fatigue, Nausea, Pain, and Anxiety all side effects and symptoms. The discussion starts after the patient's diagnosis and treatments plan is discussed. Guiding the patient into a state of Hypnosis, the therapist offers suggestions to reduce stress and Anxiety.

Self-Help Techniques

Self-help techniques start with guided breathing exercises, that lead to a state of deep relaxation before bringing the patient to a place in the Mind's eye where they feel comfortable and at ease. Intervention techniques consist of four to five self-hypnosis training sessions in symptom management, usually administered weekly but sometimes less frequently, depending upon the availability and desire of the patients. Deep Relaxation, followed by hypnotic suggestions on the patient's symptoms. Fatigue Management, Hot Flushes Management, Sleep Management, Pain Management, Nausea Management, Anxiety Management, followed by my "3-2-1" technique.

Foot Pain

Foot pain is a side effect of chemotherapy. Pain in the feet is caused by peripheral neuropathy, you may get this in your hands too. One study published in the Journal of Cancer Integrative Medicine found four weekly hypnosis sessions significantly decreased overall pain for cancer patients with the malignant bone disease.

What Can a Hypnotherapist do to Help Somebody Who Has Cancer

Hypnotherapists can help to improve their quality of life for the time being. Help with hot flushes due to taking Tamoxifen, and other side effects such as fear and depression. 

Help with Pain Management, while practising self-hypnosis and guided visualisation. Patients may have a needle phobia.

By using Guided visualisation utilizing a metaphorical storytelling approach to unconsciously process the patients narrative, empowers the patient, and gives them back a certain degree of control.

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