Using the arts to heal cancer patients

Posted on June 13, 2019

Music, art and dance therapy may improve the quality of life for people with cancer, according to a recent review of research.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, determines that creative arts therapies can reduce anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients. The conclusion is based on analysis of results from trials conducted between 1989 and 2011, including 27 studies of close to 1,600 people who did or did not receive some form of creative arts therapy during or after cancer treatment.


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