John Teleska, M.Ed., NBCCH

Integrative Medicine Department, Clifton Springs Hospital &
Private Practice, Pittsford, NY (near Rochester)

Hypnosis in Support of People with Cancer

About John Teleska's practice

About John Teleska

Interview w/ Teleska

Teleska's hypno blog

Blog archive


Endorsements by colleagues

About hypnotherapy

What is hypnosis?

"Unconscious" means...?

What's it good for?

What will I experience?

How many sessions?

About hypnotic ability

Hypnosis for...

...relief from anxiety
       fears, and phobias

...pain relief

...migraine relief

...birth & comfort

...recovering from trauma
       (including sexual abuse)

...people with cancer

Evidence-based medical uses of hypnosis

Articles by John Teleska

Hypnotic interaction

Engaging hypnotic ability

Modern hypnotherapy

Client comments

Client stories

Selected bibliographies

Uses of hypnosis

Ericksonian hypnotherapy

Pain relief

Relief from migraines

Hypnosis and birth

About Milton Erickson

John Teleska's Music Site

Over the past 20 years, there has been growing evidence that a person's psychological and emotional well being increases their physiological ability to fight illness and to heal. Hypnotherapy can help people with cancer to feel better and to mobilize their internal resources to be as healthy as is possible. In addition to the treatment and support you receive from your medical team, cancer patients have a variety of psychological and medical needs that can be addressed through hypnotherapy:

Dealing with the emotional responses to a cancer diagnosis, to the treatment, and to the implied life changes
Lowering anxiety and fear
Boosting the immune system
Pain management
Relief from the side effects of treatment
Regaining a sense of self-control
Improving quality of life

Dealing with emotional responses to having cancer
The message “you have cancer” is an emotional jolt. Hypnotherapy can help you deal with your emotional responses of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Frequently, simply learning to achieve a moderate trance state produces calmness and a sense of one’s own well being and viability. This allows you to think more clearly and make better decisions about your life and treatment, and participate more fully in your healing.

Lowering fear and anxiety, boosting your immune response
Also, our emotions significantly influence health and recovery from disease (including cancer). Emotions are a strong driving force in the immune system and other healing systems. There is a growing body of research that suggests that hypnosis supports enhanced immune system functioning in a way that boosts the body’s natural ability to attack cancer cells.

Relief of pain
Hypnotherapy has been used in many circumstances to help people learn to gain relief from pain and be more comfortable. It can also help the cancer patient learn to reduce the painful symptoms of the disease.

Pain is normally the body’s way of signally when something needs our conscious attention. For instance, when we get a pebble inside our shoe, we feel it—we get the signal that something is wrong. In response to the pain of cancer, when we have done everything that should be done and can be done, then the pain signal no longer serves a useful function. How to gain relief? On some level, perhaps unconsciously, it is possible to ignore the sensations of shoes on our feet or clothes against our bodies. Hypnotherapy can engage this natural ability of "not noticing" to help patients learn to gain relief from the pain signals associated with symptoms of the disease that no longer require any attention.

Gaining relief from treatment side effects
Hypnotherapy can help patients learn to reduce the uncomfortable side effects—for example, pain, nausea, insomnia, loss of appetite—that may accompany various medical treatments in ways that support healing and well being. This allows increased interest and energy to achieve pleasure and satisfaction from life’s activities.

Increased sense of self-control
As patients learn to make positive changes on behalf of comfort, health, and well-being, their sense of self-control increases. Learning self hypnosis allows patients to experience these positive changes between sessions. This has the snowballing effect of raising one’s sense of control and motivation to participate in the treatment plan.

Increased quality of life
Patients and oncologists make decisions that take into account the patient’s quality of life. The hypnotherapist works with the patient and their medical team to move toward the goals of feeling better, developing a greater sense of control of one’s own experience, and having interest and taking pleasure in the activities of daily life.

Books to read
Larry LeShan, “Cancer as a Turning Point” and “You can Fight for Your Life.”
O. Carl Simonton, “Getting Well Again.”

 Contact information

John Teleska, M.Ed.
(585) 264-9497

 Office Locations

38 Parkridge Drive
Pittsford, NY 14534
SE of Rochester by Powder Mill Park near Bushnell’s Basin exit 27 of I-490
Integrative Medicine Department
Clifton Springs Hospital
2 Coulter Road
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
between Canandaigua and Geneva,
New York

Copyright © 2014 by John Teleska. All rights reserved. Updated 7/7/16.