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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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MARINO, Julio Santana et al. Conceptual, methodological and ethical issues of hypnosis as psychological therapy attached to breast cancer treatment. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.2, pp.212-236. ISSN 0718-7475.

Hypnosis is one of a number of psychological interventions which can be used to address the effects of multiple oncological conditions and treatments thereof. In this paper we review existing research results regarding the use of hypnosis in patients with breast cancer. In the first part we discuss conceptual and methodological issues. In the second part we discuss the findings, limitations and ethical issues of hypnosis in the on-going debate surrounding psychological practices. Consistent evidence exists in the reviewed research studies that hypnosis is effective in treating pain, anxiety symptoms, hot flashes, pre-breast biopsy anxiety, and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. We conclude with suggestions for future research, implications for clinical practice, and the recognition of hypnosis as a valuable resource for improving both mood and quality of life of breast cancer patients.

Keywords : Breast cancer; Hypnosis; Conceptual and methodological issues.

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