Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Winter 2011 (Vol. 5, No. 4)

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Dear friends of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program,

This edition of "Survive and Thrive" features a look at a common trifecta of symptoms in cancer patients and survivors: pain, fatigue and sleep difficulties. While these struggles threaten quality of life, the great news is that self-hypnosis has been shown to help. Read on for more details about how shifting brain states helps the brain process less pain information, so pain decreases. It’s empowering to learn how we can control our minds to better manage the after effects of cancer or cancer therapies.

If you’re struggling with these symptoms or others, or if you want peace of mind that your self-care and health follow-up are covering all the bases, please contact us. We’d love to help.

Wishing you well,

K. Scott Baker, MD
Director, Survivorship Program
Karen Syrjala, PhD
Co-Director, Survivorship Program

Dianne Julian

Survivor Profile
Dianne Julian calls breast cancer and her grueling recovery 'the best worst experience' she's had.
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Decreasing cancer-related symptoms with self-hypnosis

People with cancer—both patients and survivors—often experience and report significant problems with pain, fatigue and sleep. Learning self-hypnosis may help.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will self-hypnosis make me lose control? Can self-hypnosis put me in a trance?
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Volunteer Opportunities

Participate in cancer-related symptoms study

Pain, fatigue, and sleep problems often go hand-in-hand with cancer treatment, and even after treatment has been completed. Researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington are conducting a study intended to find out if treatment that includes hypnosis and education can help reduce bothersome pain, fatigue or sleep difficulties. If treatment in this study is effective, participants may experience a decrease in these symptoms. This study will last four to six months. Participants will receive eight to 10 60-minute treatment sessions at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or at Harborview Medical Center, and will be interviewed before, during and after treatment sessions. You must be 18 or over, experience pain, fatigue, or have difficulties sleeping to be eligible.

Call (206) 221-6671 for more information.

10 tips for staying healthy during the holidays

Surviving the holidays with one’s waistline, bank account and sanity intact can be challenging for everyone, but the season affords specific pitfalls—and opportunities—for cancer survivors who are mindful of staying healthy throughout the season and beyond.
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Learn more about the Survivorship Program

For more information on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program or to arrange an appointment for yourself, a friend or family member, call 1-866-543-4272, email us at or visit our website. We hope to hear from you soon.

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