Psychological Treatment Modalities for Pain in Cancer Patients

  • R. H. Adler
  • W. Hemmeler
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 89)


Psychological therapies such as hypnosis and autogenic training may be used to treat pain in the cancer patient. Some patients may draw relatively small benefit from these methods, while others benefit more significantly. These methods may result in the diminution of anxieties, hope for mitigation of pain, lessening of feelings of isolation, the experience of goal-directed medical therapy, as well as the feeling of belonging to a group. The more general effects apart from the goals of the specific therapy relate to emotional factors essential for the experience and tolerance of pain. Therefore, a more general psychological treatment should be based on the comprehension of and should deal with the psychological and social problems that appear in the course of a neoplastic disease.


Cancer Patient Psychological Care Autogenic Training Working Alliance Psychological Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. Adler
    • 1
  • W. Hemmeler
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für MedizinC.-L.-Lory-Haus, InselspitalBernSwitzerland

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