Breast cancer survivors gain relief with group CBT

Women attending breast or oncology clinics in London were randomised to receive usual care, or usual care plus a six-week program of CBT in a group setting.

Those in the CBT group did not go on to report fewer hot flushes or night sweats but they did report consistently lower scores on a rating of how much of a ‘problem’ they caused.

CBT strategies included psycho-education and paced breathing, with improvement seen at nine weeks and 26 weeks after intervention.

“Our findings show that group CBT can reduce the effect of hot flushes and night sweats… These reductions were sustained and associated with improvements in mood, sleep and quality of life,” the authors said.

“Group CBT seems to be a safe, acceptable and effective treatment option which can be incorporated into breast cancer survivorship programs and delivered by trained breast cancer nurses.”

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