Coping with Cancer

Around one in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. There are over 200 different types, all with differing treatments, all are long term conditions. Treatment has improved dramatically over the last decade, and a diagnosis now brings with it hope for treatment and recovery.

Coping with cancer

An initial diagnosis can turn your life upside down, almost overnight. You can go from looking and feeling healthy to what may feel like an endless round of decisions to be made.

Everyone affected feels overwhelmed, confused and scared. You may experience anxiety about treatment, the future and your loved ones with worry and fear becoming a part of daily life. Hypnotherapy can be a way of managing these thoughts and help find a path through the anguish to live life again.

Macmillan Cancer Support recognises hypnotherapy as beneficial in helping people cope with the fears and frustrations the illness, treatment and recovery can bring. There is evidence that hypnotherapy can help with all stages of the cancer journey from diagnosis, treatment and care. Hypnotherapy can be used with any other form of treatment and has no side effects.

How can hypnotherapy help?

  • Manage anxiety and improve self confidence – helping you feel more in control of the diagnosis and treatment process
  • Help with some of the side-effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting
  • Provide support with managing pain and reducing treatment anxiety
  • Use suggestions of energy and alertness to manage the fatigue that is a common side-effect of treatment
  • Visualise the immune system fighting and overcoming cancer cells may help you to feel empowered and more in control of fighting the cancer

My approach to hypnosis focuses on teaching you coping skills. I help you learn how relaxation techniques such as self hypnosis, mindfulness and breathing can improve your thoughts and feelings, the treatment process and any side-effects. I aim to empower you to make the choices you want about your treatment and recovery.

If you’ve been affected by cancer and are looking for support, visit Macmillan’s official website to find out more.

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