The Opinion of Oncologists on the Practice of Hypnosis among Cancer Patients in Lebanon

Complement Ther Med. 2020 Sep;53:102534. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102534. Epub 2020 Aug 12.


Introduction: Medical hypnosis has received an increasing attention during the past decades. Various applications of hypnosis can be incorporated into the oncology field. This study aims to assess the knowledge of Lebanese medical oncologists on the use of hypnosis in the management of cancer patients.

Material and methods: An anonymous questionnaire was sent to all Lebanese medical oncologists to assess their knowledge, opinion and understanding of hypnosis and its use in oncology, as well as the obstacles facing its application in Lebanon.

Results: Hundred and three Lebanese medical oncologists responded to the survey, with a response rate of 65%. The findings revealed that most oncologists had little or no knowledge about hypnosis, but recommended it due to the benefits they believed it provided for the patients in improving chronic pain, invasive procedures, chemotherapy-induced nausea and anxiety. Around 40% of participants were interested in receiving a training in hypnosis. Lebanese oncologists also described many obstacles to the practice of hypnosis, mainly the lack of training for this technique and the lack of financial resources.

Conclusion: Despite all obstacles, the majority of Lebanese oncologists would recommend hypnosis to their patients in order to improve their quality of life.

Keywords: cancer; hypnosis; hypnotherapy; oncologist; oncology.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Lebanon
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / complications*
  • Oncologists*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires