Local anesthesia and hypnosis can help for breast cancer surgery patients
Jun 16, 2011
Professors from Belgium spoke about the effects of local anesthesia for breast cancer patients undergoing surgery. Their findings were presented at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in Amsterdam.
Fabienne Roelands and Christine Watremez were among the scientists studying hypnosis and local anesthesia.
"In addition to reducing drug use and hospital stay time, being able to avoid general anaesthesia in breast cancer surgery is important because we know that local anaesthesia can block the body's stress response to surgery and could therefore reduce the possible spread of metastases," said Professor Roelants.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 have annual mammograms in order to find tumors at the earliest time possible. Screening saves lives and as one in eight women in the U.S. is likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, women should be vigilant about their breast health and have regular exams.