CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Participating in the culture of cancer: A demilitarized approach to treatment

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

9-1-1997

Publication Title

Contemporary Hypnosis

Volume

14

Issue

3

First Page

182

Last Page

188

Abstract

This case study describes the use of hypnosis with an anthropologist diagnosed with breast cancer. The therapist utilized the client's sense of identity as a qualitative researcher, as well as her knowledge of and respect for indigenous cultures, to help her actively engage in her chemotherapy treatment and to help her better tolerate the side-effects of the medication. He also used hypnosis to attempt to improve the functioning of her immune system, employing, at her request, an alternative approach to standard military-based images. Considering immunity to be a cognitive process, the therapist designed metaphors that focused on improving the immune system's ability to perceive, learn, and achieve balance.

DOI

10.1002/ch.100