Psycho-Oncology: How Unresolved Emotional Trauma Can Cause Cancer

May 4, 2018 | Holistic Nursing

Psycho-Oncology: How Unresolved Emotional Trauma Can Cause Cancer

By Dr. Wendy Nickerson and Sevi Cesta, RN, CNCC(C), MN
Upcoming graduate in Dr. Nickerson’s Integrative Health Coach Training Program

Psycho-OncologyFor decades now, research findings have indicated that the mind and body are intricately connected. And furthermore, that our thoughts and emotions dictate the quality of our health and can cause specific chronic diseases. This was overwhelmingly demonstrated in the findings of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life lack of health and well-being. This is powerful information because we now know that one of the greatest defenses and cures against disease is a healthy brain and thought patterns. Unfortunately, most treatments of chronic illnesses only involve the physical aspects of the body without looking to the ‘inner’ source that is often actually in charge.


One of the most leading diseases overloading the health care system is cancer. One physician, Dr. Rkye Geerd Hamer found that unresolved emotional trauma causes cancer ( He used his personal experience of losing his son suddenly, and subsequently developing prostate cancer two years later.


As an OB-Gyne, he studied all of his patients who have developed cancer and then looked to see if they had any unresolved trauma in their lives. He discovered that ALL of his patients with cancer had sustained a trauma approximately 2 years earlier. He then later expanded his research to include other organs/sites of cancer and discovered that the type of trauma determined the part of the body that developed the cancer.


Dr. Hamer determined that there are 6 stages to stress causing cancer.


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