Lise D Butler is an associate professor from UB’s School of Social Work and the first author of the latest study. The randomized trial measured pain and suffering, frequency of pain and degree of constant pain among 124 women with metastic breast cancer.
The conclusion was reached through recording levels of pain at four month intervals for a year. It was found that women who received psychotherapy and instruction and practice in hypnosis reported significantly less pain and suffering over time, compared with the other group who did not receive any of the above treatments.
Butler has said that the results are just part of a growing number of literature which supports the use of hypnosis as an adjunctive treatment for medical patients experiencing pain.
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