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"Hypnosis helps in breast cancer"

Vancouver Sun

Source: Vancouver Sun

Published: 29 Aug 2022

Category: Other

Rating: (2 stars)

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

CHICAGO - Women who underwent hypnosis before breast cancer surgery needed less anesthesia and had fewer side effects than women who got counseling instead, U. S. researchers said on Tuesday.
" This is a randomized clinical trial of 200 patients that really showed beneficial effects for patients," said Guy Montgomery of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. " It really works well."
While hypnosis was used to control the pain of amputations in India more than 150 years ago, its use is still not routine....

how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 3 of 9
Availability of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Applicable
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of harms of treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Interesting story, but weak in terms of accurate and complete information. Benefits are not sufficiently quantified (how was pain measured and what was the difference between the two groups? What was the difference in the amounts of anesthesia?) and harms are not mentioned. The novelty of the treatment is well explained.

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