Use of Hypnosis in Cancer Care

  • Posted on: 27 April 2019
  • By: Dr Emma
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This looks a wonderful meeting detailed below in October 2019 for all health professionals, not just hypnotherapists, working to help people with cancer. 

Hypnosis can be so helpful in this area of human struggle. From helping people with their anxiety, depression and the stress of a cancer diagnosis, to reducing side effects from the illness itself and medications including chemotherapy side-effects. Hypnosis is also a well established evidence-based treatment to help people reduce and manage pain naturally. Hypnotherapy also promotes the bodies healing and boosts immunity allowing the body to tap into its own phenomenal healing resources.


This meeting is arranged by Northern Counties Branch of BSCAH (British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis) at the state-of-the-art  Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology
Castle Hill Hospital near Hull on Saturday 19 October 2019




The meeting is chaired by Prof. Leslie Walker, Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, and founder of the award winning Oncology Health Service at Castle Hill Hospital. He will include a brief review of evidence for the use of hypnotic approaches in the field.


Fiona Gilbert, Senior Registered Nurse (Behavioural Oncology) at the Oncology Health Centre, will present a case. This welcoming patient facility has a culture which supports and develops hypnotic and related techniques.

Other speakers sharing their experience include:-

Dr Cathryn Woodward, Consultant in Clinical Oncology working at Addenbrooke's Hospital ,Cambridge and West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. She has been using Clinical Hypnosis since 2012, for example in controlling hot flushes associated with treatment.. She is involved in the Eastern Counties Hypnosis Foundation Course.

Dr Sarah Partridge, Consultant in Clinical Oncology at Charing Cross Hospital. She sees and treats patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Her expertise in clinical hypnosis presents an opportunity to integrate this with other conventional treatments to reduce side effects and improve outcomes. 

Jacky Owens was an oncology nurse, having an MSc in clinical and applied hypnosis from UCL. She set up and provided a hypnosis service for cancer patients at UCLH. She co edited The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis published by Wiley in 2012.

Sue Cooke, psychosocial support worker, St James’s University Hospital Leeds, will speak about ‘Moving Forward’ outlining follow up programmes for education and support of patients after completion of specific treatment plans.

You can find details of the day and booking information at  on BSCAH website.

This meeting is not just for BSCAH members.
Health professionals involved with cancer care, with no knowledge of hypnosis are warmly invited to attend . 

Take a look at the excellent Oncology Health Centre at   which is the meeting  venue. 

This will be an excellent learning and networking opportunity to help spread the word about the value of hypnotic techniques.

I hope to see you there!

Dr Emma Rae Rhead
Medical Hypnotherapist Chester




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