‘Choose a medical condition that interests you and research it. Write about the possible uses of hypnosis in the treatment of the condition as you see them.’
In this essay I will be exploring how the use of hypnosis can be beneficial for Cancer patients. I will explain as to why I have chosen to focus on Cancer and the reasons why hypnotherapy may be useful. Alongside this I will be consider of the limits of hypnotherapy in the treatment of Cancer patients and any ethical considerations for the therapist. Cancer is a genetic disease, caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. Genetic changes that cause cancer can be inherited from our parents. They can also arise during a person’s lifetime as a result of errors that occur as cells divide or because of damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposures. Cancer-causing environmental exposures include substances, such as the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and radiation, such as ultraviolet rays from the sun. Cancer occurs when some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. This can happen almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old or become damaged, they die and new cells take their place. When cancer develops, however, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called tumours. Generally cancers form solid tumours, which are masses of tissue. Cancers of the blood, such as leukaemia, generally do not form solid tumours. Cancerous tumours are malignant, meaning they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumours grow, some cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumours far from the original ones. Unlike malignant tumours, benign tumours do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. Benign tumours can sometimes be quite large, however. When removed, they usually don’t grow back, whereas malignant tumours sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumours elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumours can be life threatening. Statistics show that each year for every 100,000 people, 519 people are diagnosed ...