22 Jan Breast Cancer: Cognitive Therapy Plus Hypnosis For Radiation Fatigue
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Guy H. Montgomery, Ph.D.
Director, Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program
Cancer Prevention and Control
Department of Oncological Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029-6574
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Montgomery: A brief psychological intervention comprised of cognitive behavioral techniques and hypnosis (CBTH) reduced fatigue during, and for up to six months after, radiotherapy in breast cancer patients.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Montgomery: Yes. We were surprised to see that the effects of the CBTH intervention persisted for 6 months.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Montgomery: That CBTH, a brief psychological intervention, can reduce fatigue and improve breast cancer radiotherapy patients’ quality of life.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Montgomery: It would be interesting to see if these effects persist beyond 6 months, and apply to other radiotherapy patient populations.