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Post-traumatic growth and hypnotherapy.

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is a positive, often transformative, change experienced as a result of a struggle with a major life crisis, such as cancer or a traumatic event. Patients sometimes use the words “blessing” or “gift” when describing their cancer experience.

There is increasing evidence that shows PTG is linked to higher quality of life, positive coping skills, healthy lifestyle changes, less psychological distress, increased quality of social relationships, engagement in spirituality, and increased compassion for others.

Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) is the field of medicine focused on the ways the mind and emotions influence the body and physical health. One of the most effective MBM techniques is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy has been demonstrated as an effective supplementary therapy to lessen the side effects of cancer treatment.

Huntington Cancer Center is currently conducting a study to determine if early use of hypnotherapy in cancer survivors can decrease stress and facilitate PTG. Ultimately, promoting the development of PTG may serve as an important cornerstone of cancer therapy, so that patients not only survive cancer, but also develop positive changes in their attitude, lifestyle, and quality of life as well as in brain volume and biochemistry.

Breast Cancer Interg Oncology

Integrative oncology (IO) is:

  • an evolving evidence-based specialty that uses complementary therapies along with medical treatment to improve quality of life and clinical outcomes.
  • patient-centered (the therapy is chosen according to the patient’s preferences).
  • multi-dimensional (addressing mind, body, and spiritual aspects of health simultaneously).
  • safe (uses the least invasive and pharmacological treatments).

The purpose of IO is to:

  • improve quality of life.
  • enhance effectiveness of cancer treatment (i.e. surgeries, chemo/radiation therapy).
  • minimize complications from cancer treatment such as peripheral neuropathy, hot flashes, pain, lymphedema, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and much more.
  • educate patients on self-empowerment and lifestyle modification that could potentially reduce both cancer recurrence and increase quality of life.
  • reduce cancer distress and stress in general.
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Debbie

A holistic approach.

Debbie Saale was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram at Huntington Hospital’s Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center. “After my screening, I was called back to undergo diagnostic testing,” says Debbie, “and results confirmed that I had cancer.” She went on to have breast surgery and chemotherapy here.

Debbie later developed edema in her legs and feet — a common side effect of cancer treatment, involving swelling caused by a build-up of fluid. At the suggestion of her nurse navigator, Nancy Cushing, RN, Debbie turned to Suzie Kline, manager, integrative oncology, for help. “Suzie suggested that I begin a regimen of acupuncture to treat the edema,” says Debbie. “I felt much better after just one session!”

Debbie voices enthusiasm about the integrative oncology services such as acupuncture that are readily available to our cancer patients. “It would never have occurred to me to pursue that kind of support if it wasn’t in the same facility as the rest of my appointments,” she says.

Today, Debbie is cancer free and grateful for the full range of compassionate care she received. “The support and encouragement from my entire care team was incredible,” she says. “They showed they really cared – and that means everything.”

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