Art therapy for breast cancer patients
02/13/2009, 12:52 am
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poh_card2New research out of Sweden is touting the benefits of art therapy for the well being of patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Researchers randomly assigned 41 breast cancer patients receiving radiation treatment to five once-a-week, hour-long sessions of art therapy or to a control group who didn’t receive art therapy. Study participants completed surveys addressing their quality of life and self-image before beginning radiation and at regular intervals during and after.

Women were given a variety of art materials and told to use them for expression and reflection. After six months, those who participated in art therapy reported better quality of life and health (both physical and psychological). Even more interesting is that the art therapy group reported significantly fewer radiation side effects.

Art therapy generally uses visual mediums (drawing, painting, sculpting) to promote the creative process, and, through it, self-reflection and the exploration of underlying feelings and issues.

In the U.S., art therapists can become Registered and Board Certified by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

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