Hypnosis Case Study Cancer

– Read how hypnosis is helping these cancer patients be less anxious and relieve hot flashes after a mastectomy here and here.

– See this news report on a hypnosis study at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Here is the actual research study that focused on pain management, nausea relief and fatigue.


European Journal of Cancer Care, 2007

Hypnosis for nausea and vomiting in cancer chemotherapy: a systematic review of the research of evidence

OBJECTIVES: to evaluate systematically the evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis for the alleviation of nausea and vomiting in cancer chemotherapy.

CONCLUSION:  The emetogenicity of chemotherapy agents and limitations of conventional anti-emetic treatments continue to pose a challenge in cancer care. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a psychological intervention (hypnosis) in the treatment of both CINV and ANV. Six RCTs were found. Positive results were reported for nausea and/or vomiting in all five studies assessing children. Positive results were found for ANV in both chemotherapy-experienced and chemotherapy-naive patients. These results were supported by the meta-analysis. Only one of the studies we found involved adults and in this study there were no significant differences between the groups.

Meta-analysis reported in this review has demonstrated that hypnosis could be a clinically valuable intervention for anticipatory and CINV, in children in particular. The studies generally had small samples; nonetheless, metaanalysis revealed a large effect size of hypnotic treatment when compared with treatment as usual, and the effect was at least as large as that of cognitive–behavior therapy.