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Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Mesothelioma Patients*

Mesothelioma is a difficult and often fatal type of cancer that affects the interior lining of the lung, known as the pleura. It can grow suddenly and aggressively as a direct result of contact with asbestos fibers. Sometimes symptoms may not even appear until 20 or 50 years after the initial exposure to asbestos, and primary treatment options call for intensive chemotherapy to halt the growth of the cancer cells. In order to reduce the difficulty that comes with the chemotherapy treatment, it is strongly recommended for individuals to follow through with different supplementing treatments and lifestyle changes. These changes can provide individuals with a number of benefits, including improved outlook, appetite and mobility, depending on the therapy itself. One such option is hypnotherapy. The Hypnosis Process Hypnotherapy, as the name implies, is a form of therapy based on the practice of hypnosis. Through hypnosis, trained professionals will use mental exercises and cues to bring the patient to a deeply relaxed state. In this state, the patient becomes highly focused and open to the suggestions that fit with the patient's desires and needs. A misconception is that the hypnotherapist is controlling the patient, but the reality is that the patient is now able to manifest conscious thoughts and desires on a much deeper level. In such a way, hypnotherapy is a powerful tool, often used by those who want to lose weight, quit smoking or change a certain aspect of their character. Because of how hypnosis works, individuals can use it as a major aspect of stress management during chemotherapy and cancer treatments. A skilled professional can provide individuals with a number of desired changes based on what the patient wants from the process. Stress Management One of the biggest advantages to hypnosis is how easily and quickly it can allow individuals to manage their fear and stress. It can allow patients to relax during difficult procedures, providing them with a more mellow state of mind that can help with long-term recovery. Reduced negativity can result in a better outlook on the recovery process, something that is necessary in the case of difficult cancer treatments. Pain Management Managing pain correctly is another important part of the cancer treatment process. In such a way, hypnosis is invaluable because of the relaxing effects it has on the body as well as the mind. Studies show that patients who undergo hypnosis before major medical procedures often recover their health more quickly with lower overall pain side effects. Reduced Chemotherapy Intensity Chemotherapy is a difficult treatment that can leave the body emaciated and exhausted. Through hypnosis, patients may feel their appetite return and their bodies feel stronger and more accustomed to all types of tasks. With a better recovery response, chemotherapy no longer has such as tremendous negative effect on the patient. Improved Energy Levels Fatigue is another common health problem that can result from both the chemotherapy and the cancer itself. Through hypnosis, patients may not feel as tremendously affected by their fatigue as they once might have. Studies show that energy levels often increase after hypnosis, even if the specific session was not designed to address the fatigue. Resources:

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