'Hypnosis helped me beat cancer as I envisioned chemo killing cancer cells'

Faye Roberts
Faye Roberts -Credit:Faye Roberts/SWNS

A cancer patient says hypnosis helped her mentally beat the disease - by envisioning the chemotherapy killing the cancer cells. Faye Roberts, 46, found a lump under her right breast while she was in the shower in March 2023.

The following week she went to the doctors and had an ultrasound and biopsy. That same day Faye was given the devastating news she had stage three breast cancer and it had spread to her chest.

She immediately started five months of chemotherapy before having a lumpectomy - a procedure to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from the breast - in November 2023. In December 2023 Faye had to go for another operation after she discovered the cancer had spread to her axillary lymph nodes - so she had them removed.

In February 2024, after 20 rounds of radiotherapy, Faye rang the bell - signalling being declared cancer-free. Throughout her diagnosis and treatment, Faye said that she used hypnotherapy - recording a script to get her into a hypnosis state - to get her through it and says it improved her mental health significantly.

Faye, a hypnotherapist, from Southend, Essex, said: "I went into a really dark place when I got my diagnosis. It was stage three which was so shocking and upsetting for me.

"I started doing hypnotherapy on myself. I wrote a script - visualising the chemo working and killing cancer - and listened to it back, which really helped me get out of that dark place. I dreaded going to chemotherapy, so I wrote script to help myself visualise the chemo and how it was helping me."

Faye went straight to the doctors after finding a lump and had an ultrasound and biopsy.

She said: "While I was having my scan the nurse held my hand and I could see she had tears in her eyes. From that moment I knew it wasn't good. When the doctor said it was cancer, I was devastated. I went in on my own and I just couldn't stop crying."

Faye then underwent five months of chemotherapy - starting in April 2023. She says hypnotherapy helped her through the treatment as she could "visualise it working" by seeing the chemo attacking the cancer cells.

She said: "I was really worried about the chemo as I wasn't sure how I would react to it. I dreaded it, so I tried to change my mindset. I wrote a script to visualise the chemo getting rid of my cancer.

"I think that helped as I could feel it working. The lump didn't seem to get any smaller, but I remained positive. It wasn't until the last chemo when I could feel it getting smaller."

Faye Roberts pictured with her husband Tim and two children
Faye Roberts pictured with her husband Tim and two children -Credit:Faye Roberts/SWNS

Faye then underwent a lumpectomy in November 2023. A few months after her operation, she found out the cancer had spread to her axillary lymph nodes and had to get them removed in December 2023.

She said: "The pain after the operation hurt so much. I used hypnotherapy to help me with my mindset. It helped me as I felt like I had control over my own recovery."

Speaking about the end of her treatment, she said: "It was a really emotional moment, I burst into tears - it was a year of treatment. Telling my children was amazing, they had been struggling throughout this.

"I want people to know that there is something out there that can help them. Hypnotherapy really helped me, after going through all this myself I was in such a dark place. It really helped me get out of a difficult place with my diagnosis and treatment."