Temple, Texas 76508


RATIONALE: Hypnosis may be effective in decreasing hot flashes in breast cancer survivors. PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well hypnosis works in treating hot flashes in breast cancer survivors.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Determine the efficacy of hypnosis in controlling hot flashes in women who are breast cancer survivors. - Determine the extent to which hypnotizability is related to the success of the hypnotherapy intervention. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled study. Patients are stratified according to age, gender, race, and educational background. All patients complete a Hot Flash Daily Diary to record frequency and severity of hot flashes for 1 week. Patients are then randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. - Arm I (hypnotherapy): Patients undergo hypnotherapy once a week for 5 weeks. Patients complete the Hot Flash-Related Daily Interference Scale, the Hospital Depression and Anxiety Sub-scale, the CES Depression Scale, and the MOS-Sleep and Sexual Function Scales in week 5 after the last hypnotherapy intervention. Patients also complete another Hot Flash Daily Diary for 1 week in week 6 and are administered the Stanford Hypnotic Clinical Scale in week 7. - Arm II (control): Patients receive no contact for 4 weeks. Patients complete the questionnaires as in arm I in week 5. Patients also complete another Hot Flash Daily Diary for 1 week in week 6 and are administered the Stanford Hypnotic Clinical Scale in week 7. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - History of primary breast cancer - No evidence of detectable disease - At least 14 hot flashes per week for ≥ 1 month by self-reporting - Hormone receptor status not specified PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: - Female - Life expectancy > 6 months - Menopausal status not specified - Outpatient status - No medical or psychiatric condition that would preclude study participation PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - Concurrent antihormonal agents for breast cancer (e.g., tamoxifen or raloxifene) allowed provided the patient has been on them for ≥ 1 month - No other concurrent hormonal therapy - No other putative therapies for hot flashes ≥ 1 month prior to study entry - Concurrent vitamin E allowed - No other concurrent treatment for hot flashes - No concurrent cytotoxic chemotherapy - Not concurrently using hypnosis for any reason



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Gary Elkins, PhD
Scott and White Hospital & Clinic

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Location Contact:

Temple, Texas 76508
United States

Clinical Trials Office - Scott and White Cancer Institute
Phone: 800-882-4366

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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