Hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy during breast cancer radiotherapy: a case report.

This case report describes an effort to control two primary side-effects of breast cancer radiotherapy (fatigue and skin discomfort) that used a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy with hypnosis (CBTH). Two patients, matched on demographic and medical variables (marital status, employment status, number of children, cancer diagnosis, surgical history, radiation dose), were compared: one who received a CBTH intervention and one who received standard care. Results were consistent with the view that CBTH was effective in managing fatigue and skin discomfort, and increasing relaxation.
AuthorsJulie B Schnur, Guy H Montgomery
JournalThe American journal of clinical hypnosis (Am J Clin Hypn) Vol. 50 Issue 3 Pg. 209-15 (Jan 2008) ISSN: 0002-9157 [Print] United States
PMID18246853 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article, Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Breast Neoplasms (psychology, radiotherapy, surgery)
  • Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating (psychology, radiotherapy, surgery)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Culture
  • Fatigue (psychology, therapy)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis
  • Imagery (Psychotherapy)
  • Mastectomy, Segmental
  • Pain Measurement
  • Radiation Injuries (psychology, therapy)
  • Radiodermatitis (psychology, therapy)
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Sick Role
  • Suggestion

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