Clinical Hypnotherapy for Cancer and Oncology
A cancer diagnosis can be a huge shock to the system and feeling overwhelmed, confused and scared. After the initial shock, other psychological responses kick in like confusion, disbelief, denial, anger, depression and fear. Hypnotherapy can help make Chemotherapy more bearable and also promote recovery.
Hypnotherapy can help to:
Manage anxiety and improve self-confidence – helping you to feel more in control of the cancer diagnosis and treatment process.
Help with some of the side-effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting.
Provide support with managing pain and reducing treatment anxiety. A randomised clinical trial of a brief hypnosis intervention to control side-effects in breast surgery patients found they suffered less pain, nausea, discomfort and anxiety than the control group.
Use suggestions of energy and alertness to manage the fatigue that is a common side effect of treatment.
Visualising the immune system fighting and overcoming cancer cells may help patients to feel empowered and more in control of fighting cancer.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to help people feel calmer, more in control of their treatment and can help speed up the recovery process. Pain management is another area in which hypnotherapy can be extremely useful. hypnotherapy aims to alleviate the fear and anxiety associated with the pain, helping the nervous system become less reactive to it. Hypnosis still plays a role in the treatment of cancer and is often used to reduce stress and anxiety as well as minimize the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting