The use of hypnosis in oncology: indications from the research. Hypnosis is applied at various levels in cancer care. Several studies show the effectiveness of hypnosis to treat the symptoms of the disease (pain, malaise, irritability and insomnia etc.); in the management of the side effects of cancer treatments; to improve the quality of life and deal with the psychological distress related to the health; for its effects on the immune system. The Authors point out that studies on the effects of hypnosis in activating psyconeuroimmunology mechanisms, which may be useful to modulate disease progression and response to treatment, is a very interesting and promising area of study. In this context, however, research is still lacking, because systematic and controlled trials on the effects of hypnotherapy on the immune system, on the relapse rate and long-term survival of cancer patients are needed.
Keywords: Hypnosis, cancer, pain, immune system, emesis, coping.