Radio Therapy Fatigue Reduced Using Hypnosis and CBT

September 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

Breast Cancer – CBT Plus Hypnosis Reduces Fatigue from Radiation Therapy

The results from a study carried out by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that CBT plus Hypnosis (CBTH) is an effective means for the control and prevention of fatigue in breast cancer radiotherapy.

42 Women scheduled for breast cancer radiotherapy were randomly split into two groups: 20 were assigned to receive Standard Medical Care and 22 were to receive CBTH intervention (n = 22) in addition to standard medical care.
Fatigue was measured on a weekly basis by using the fatigue subscale of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) and daily with visual analogue scales.
For weekly FACIT fatigue data, there was a significant effect of the CBTH intervention on the reduced fatigue, such that on average, CBTH PARTICIPANTS’ FATIGUE DID NOT INCREASE OVER THE COURSE OF TREATMENT, whereas control group participants’ fatigue increased linearly.

The results suggest that CBTH is an effective means for controlling and potentially preventing fatigue in breast cancer radiotherapy patients.


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