We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the hypnosis research community, which has studied the use of hypnosis to help ease the suffering of cancer patients.
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Cancer Society, Inc.
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 31–44, January/February 2013
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Montgomery, G. H., Schnur, J. B. and Kravits, K. (2013), Hypnosis for cancer care: Over 200 years young. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 63: 31–44. doi: 10.3322/caac.21165
DISCLOSURES: Supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) (grant CA129094). Dr. Montgomery was supported by NCI grant CA081137. Dr. Schnur was supported by NCI grant CA131473. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NCI or the National Institutes of Health.
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
- clinical oncology;
- prevention and control;
- behavioral medicine
Hypnosis has been used to provide psychological and physical comfort to individuals diagnosed with cancer for nearly 200 years. The goals of this review are: 1) to describe hypnosis and its components and to dispel misconceptions; 2) to provide an overview of hypnosis as a cancer prevention and control technique (covering its use in weight management, smoking cessation, as an adjunct to diagnostic and treatment procedures, survivorship, and metastatic disease); and 3) to discuss future research directions. Overall, the literature supports the benefits of hypnosis for improving quality of life during the course of cancer and its treatment. However, a great deal more work needs to be done to explore the use of hypnosis in survivorship, to understand the mediators and moderators of hypnosis interventions, and to develop effective dissemination strategies. CA Cancer J Clin 2013. © 2012 American Cancer Society.