The aim of Hypnosis for Cancer Care is to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and fear of recurrence, to lessen the side effects of medical treatments and to stimulate the immune system. In 2015, about 30,000 people in Hong Kong discovered that they had cancer. Fortunately, medical science has come up with many powerful and effective therapies to fight it decisively and more discoveries are being made every day. Hypnotherapy is not new to cancer care. For over 200 years, it has been known to improve the outcomes (as well as reducing medical bills) associated with diagnostic procedures. Hypnosis helps the patient access their own inner resources to support the medical therapy or surgery necessary to fight cancer. There are many issues that respond very well to hypnosis.
First of all, patients who experience high levels of anxiety, fear, pain, even claustrophobia can find relief in the deep relaxation and powerful suggestions of self-healing either before, during or following therapies such as endoscopy, biopsy, radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, hormone and immunotherapy, stem-cell transplant and other targeted therapies. Even once a person “survives” cancer, they can continue to suffer from a range of issues such as fatigue, fear of recurrence, chronic pain, hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, poor sleep and others. Hypnotherapy can help the client transform a state of helplessness and powerlessness to one of resourcefulness and resilience. By reconnecting to one’s inner strength, hypnosis can help with all of these difficult issues. When you are able to summon up your ability to fight the illness, you can find yourself rising above these challenges and living your life more fully.