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
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.