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Randomized Controlled Trial of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Plus Hypnosis Intervention to Control Fatigue in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer.

Montgomery GH, David D, Kangas M, Green S, Sucala M, Bovbjerg DH, Hallquist MN, Schnur JB.

J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Editors' comments: Dr. Ricardo Caponero

Multidisciplinary approach to cancer patients should be routine nowadays. Integration of treatments leads to a more efficient symptom control. While hypnosis is an alternative medicine with unknown benefit, cognitive-behavioral therapy has been showing efficacy in the control of anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue. This simple study showed that cognitive-behavioral therapy plus hypnosis could potentially help to control fatigue in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. This method is noninvasive, has no adverse effects, and its beneficial effects persist long after the last intervention session.