The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Hypnosis in children receiving cancer chemotherapy

     This meta-analysis concludes, “Hypnosis could be a clinically valuable intervention [to reduce] anticipatory and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in children with cancer.”

    First, the details.

    • A literature review revealed 6 relevant studies (5 in children).

    And, the results.

    • A combining and reanalysis of the data from these studies (meta-analysis) revealed a positive response to hypnotic treatment when compared to treatment as usual.
    • The effect was at least as large as that of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

    The bottom line?
    The available data are positive for hypnotherapy in kids getting chemotherapy for cancer.

    The authors would like to see greater detail on the patients who are receptive to hypnosis and the methods of hypnosis used. Also, more research in adults.

    MayoClinic.com agrees with their evaluation of its effectiveness. It states that hypnosis “effectively relieves some chronic pain, and it may also reduce nausea and vomiting in people with cancer.”

    10/14/07 13:21 JR

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