Hypnosis and fear of recurrence?

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Question from Momof2: How can hypnosis help with the fear of recurrence?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. Hypnosis is a form of focused concentration. It is not a modality in which control is lost. It can be very helpful in helping someone to gain a sense of control over issues in their life that they may feel are surrounding them. Hypnotherapy as a modality can be successful in alleviating desires such as smoking and overeating; as well, it can be used in alleviating a fear such as a fear of heights, a fear of abandonment, and therefore can also be helpful in alleviating the fear that many times paralyzes someone when diagnosed with cancer. There are hypnotherapy and meditative tapes and CDs that are very good at promoting the healing process. My favorites are those of Brian Weiss, a psychiatrist who has used hypnotherapy very successfully in his clinical practice for these such symptoms.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary Medicine Techniques Part 3 featured Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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