They provided information on several studies in which certain patients receive hypnosis while others did not. The following is a brief description of the outcome of three of the studies (Montgomery, Schnur et al., 2013).
In a second study 20 patients who had undergone excisional breast biopsy, had a select number of them chosen to receive hypnosis; those that did, had significantly less post-biopsy pain, and experienced less distress prior to and post the biopsy procedure (Montgomery, Schnur et al., 2013).
The third and final study followed ninety patients who were scheduled to undergo excisional breast biopsy. Of these ninety patients, a random number of them were chosen to a pre-biopsy hypnosis group, the findings were that the those who had belonged to the hypnosis group had experienced significantly less pre-biopsy emotional upset, depressed mood and anxiety, and were much more relaxed than the other patients who had not received hypnosis (Montgomery, Schnur et al., 2013).
They stated, “Hypnosis has been consistently shown to improve clinical and cost outcomes associated with diagnostic procedures” (Montgomery, Schnur et al., 2013).
Montgomery, G. H., Schnur, J. B., & Kravits, K. (2013). Hypnosis for Cancer Care: Over 200 Years Young. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 63(1), 31–44. doi:10.3322/caac.21165