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Reducing Pain via Hypnosis, This Week on Your Cancer Today (TM)

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical professionals have long sought new treatments for reducing the pain, anxiety, and discomfort associated with cancer surgery. A new therapy, based on hypnosis, is currently being tested as a method to alleviate many of the side effects of surgery.

Your Cancer Today interviews Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Montgomery's study looked at two groups of patients facing surgery for breast cancer. The group that received hypnosis prior to surgery reported less pain, nausea, and anxiety after surgery than the control group.

There was a cost benefit as well, the average hypnosis patient reduced the cost of treatment by an average of $772.00. Dr. Montgomery is optimistic that hypnosis will provide similar health and financial benefits with other forms of cancer.

How prevalent is head and neck cancer? What are the risk factors? Dr Stan Wasbin, Medical Director for Your Cancer Today, provides an overview of head and neck cancer, including the fact that men are 3 times as likely to contract head and neck cancer as women.

A new treatment protocol for head and neck cancer is proving more effective than traditional treatment. The new treatment features the use of Taxotere(R) and has resulted in a 30% decrease in mortality in head and neck cancer patients. Dr. Marshall Posner, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Center provides the results of his study on head and neck cancer. Dr. Posner reports that the cure rate for many of these cancers is now greater than 80%.

To preview a segment from Your Cancer Today (Season 3 Week 7), check the links below:

Hypnosis/Dr. Montgomery

Head & Neck Cancer/Dr. Posner

This episode of Your Cancer Today was made possible by the Ferrari Owners Club.

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Now in its third season, Your Cancer Today is an international television show dedicated to providing unbiased and commercial-free information. Its mission is to help cancer patients and their families make informed decisions about treatment and recovery.

Each week, the host of the show, Don Baillargeon interviews the doctors and researchers that are leading the fight against cancer. Topics include: symptoms, early detection, breakthroughs, treatment options, risk factors, and prevention. The show features interviews with cancer survivors and their supporters. A complete listing of TV stations, cable and satellite systems that carry Your Cancer Today can be found at:

On the Your Cancer Today Web site, viewers can watch any show by date or locate a segment that deals with one of more than 200 different forms of cancer. The site is updated daily and includes basic cancer information, news and sections on clinical trials, spirituality, and wellness. In addition, users can search for resources including: Doctors, treatment centers, hospitals, medical equipment, and nursing services.

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