The use of hypnosis in helping cancer patients control anxiety, pain, and emesis: a review of recent empirical studies

Am J Clin Hypn. 1995 Apr;37(4):316-25. doi: 10.1080/00029157.1995.10403160.


This is a review of the systematic studies conducted since 1980 in the area of hypnotic interventions for anxiety, pain, and emesis control in child and adolescent cancer patients. The focus of the present paper is on how the problems encountered in studying the use of hypnosis with this population influence the results. The review is divided between studies focused on controlling anxiety and pain and those focused on controlling nausea and vomiting. Consistent findings are identified, and suggestions for future research are made.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Pain / psychology
  • Pain Management*
  • Sick Role*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vomiting / psychology
  • Vomiting / therapy*