About this event

  • Date and time Mon 13 Dec 2021 from 3:30pm to 13 Dec 2021 at 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine

This hybrid event will provide insights into how hypnosis can be employed to reduce psychosocial distress in cancer patients. Practical details about how to carry out various interventions for cancer-related problems will be presented, and the evidence base to justify their use will be reviewed, with particular reference to clinical trials.

Finally, suggestions will be made for future research and clinical work. 

Professor Leslie WalkerEmeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK, will present The David Waxman Memorial Lecture.

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In the last 40 years, there has been increased recognition that the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancer can be very stressful, and despite considerable investment in psychosocial support services, the incidence of psychosocial distress and psychiatric morbidity in patients with cancer remains stubbornly high.    

There is growing evidence that hypnotherapeutic interventions can be very helpful in minimising cancer-related distress; improving quality of life before, during and after treatment, and ameliorating various treatment side effects.   

There is also evidence that hypnotherapy and related interventions can produce measurable neuroendocrine and immunological changes which may have beneficial effects on post-surgical recovery and tumour progression. 

This hybrid event will cover:

  • To learn about the various hypnotic techniques used in order to reduce the progression of tumours and manage stress in cancer patients.  
  • To discover empirical evidence to support these techniques. 
  • To learn how hypnosis can have positive effects on the immune system and on neuroendocrine functioning.  

At the end of this meeting, there will be a scrumptious dinner where you will be able to network and relax. Please tick the dinner option when booking to attend. 

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Key speakers

Professor Leslie Walker

Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK

Speaker's biography

Until 2009 when he retired from the NHS and the University of Hull, he held the Foundation Chair of Cancer Rehabilitation and was the Clinical Lead for the Division of Cancer in the Postgraduate Medical Institute. He was also Director of the Oncology Health Service, and a founding member of the Faculty of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). 

 

Since the 1970s, he has used hypnosis to treat a range of clinical problems, and he has carried out five randomised clinical trials to evaluate the effects of hypnotherapy, primarily in cancer-related distress.  He is a former Member of the Council of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and, in 2015, was made an Honorary Life Member of the British Association for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.   

 

Research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of breast, brain, lung, and colorectal cancers; psychosocial aspects of cancer screening; psychosocial interventions to prevent psychological distress and psychiatric morbidity in people with cancer, and Li Fraumeni syndrome. 

 

Professor Walker has given numerous Invited Lectures and Keynote Addresses throughout the world, and he has over 300 publications to his name.  He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a former Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and the Society of Biology.   

 

For further information on Professor Walker please visit www.lgwalker.com. 

Agenda

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Registration
Welcome and introduction
1st presentation
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
The David Waxman memorial lecture

Professor Leslie Walker, Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK. Until 2009 when he retired from the NHS and the University of Hull, he held the Foundation Chair of Cancer Rehabilitation and was the Clinical Lead for the Division of Cancer in the Postgraduate Medical Institute. He was also Director of the Oncology Health Service, and a founding member of the Faculty of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).  

Panel Discussion
Drinks reception
Dinner
Pre-registration required

Location

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am Sunday 12 December 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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