Hypnosis in the management of symptoms in a young girl with malignant astrocytoma: a challenge to the therapist.

This paper presents the case of a 6.5-year-old girl with malignant astrocytoma of the left brain hemisphere. During the course of her chemotherapy treatment, severe vomiting developed to the degree that on several occasions she became dehydrated. Discontinuation of chemotherapy was being considered when she was referred for hypnotherapy. Despite severe neurological impairments which excluded many traditional techniques, hypnosis was successful in eliminating emesis. Hypnosis was also utilized to decrease pain and to improve sleep patterns. Drawings are presented to help show how this child resolved anxiety associated with treatment and fears surrounding the knowledge of her impending death.
AuthorsL J LaClave, S Blix
JournalThe International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis (Int J Clin Exp Hypn) Vol. 37 Issue 1 Pg. 6-14 (Jan 1989) ISSN: 0020-7144 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID2925295 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols (adverse effects)
  • Astrocytoma (drug therapy)
  • Brain Neoplasms (drug therapy)
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis (methods)
  • Vomiting (chemically induced, therapy)

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