Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy showed decreased fatigue as a result of cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis ( CBTH ), according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The results of a randomized controlled trial of 200 patients have shown that the treatment group had significantly less fatigue than a control group both during treatment and for up to six months afterwards.
The average patient in a treatment group had less fatigue than 79% of patients in a control group at the end of radiotherapy. Six months after the end of radiotherapy, the average patient in a treatment group had less fatigue than 95% of patients in a control group.
These results support CBTH as an evidence-based complementary intervention to control fatigue in patients undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. CBTH works to reduce fatigue for patients who have few other treatment options. It is also noninvasive, has no adverse side-effects, and its beneficial effects persist long after the last intervention.
Additionally, patients have also reported that participating in CBTH was relaxing and helpful. ( Xagena )
Source: The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2014