Hypnosis Relaxation May Help Men Experiencing Hot Flashes After Prostate Cancer

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Hot flashes are a common side effect of menopausal changes experienced by women; however, they can also be a hormone-related effect experienced by men with prostate cancer. In men, hot flashes may be induced by the reduction in testosterone after prostate resection or hormone suppressive therapy. Up to 80% of prostate cancer survivors experience hot flashes, which can be severe enough to warrant treatment in as many as 50% of them. A case study at Baylor University demonstrated that hypnotic relaxation was effective in reducing the number and severity of episodes in a 69-year-old man who had uncontrolled hot flashes following prostate cancer surgery. The treatment was 7 weeks of hypnotic therapy, during which time the patient did not receive any drugs. Clinically trained therapists administered the treatment. By the end of the 7 weeks, the patient reported a 94% reduction in hot flashes, his sleep quality improved by 87%. A previous study found hypnotic relaxation therapy was also effective for women with hot flashes.

Hypnosis Relaxation May Help Men Experiencing Hot Flashes After Prostate Cancer
Hypnosis Relaxation May Help Men Experiencing Hot Flashes After Prostate Cancer
Men may consider themselves lucky, since nature has reserved most of the painful experiences for women: PMS, childbirth, and menopausal changes. But a phenomenon that was considered an exclusively female domain — hot flashes—seems to affect certain men, too. Now a new therapy, hypnotic relaxation, may give these silently suffering men relief.
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