It’s always incredibly difficult to witness someone close to you being diagnosed with cancer or to suffer from it yourself. It’s a huge challenge to keep your courage and tell yourself or your loved ones that everything will be all right. There are a lot of emotions coming with such a diagnosis, from anger to fear and sadness, and it’s never easy to cope. This is why a new experiment claims that art therapy might offer a relief to these people by reducing the pain and anxiety they feel.
A team of researchers came t this conclusion after a brief bedside visual art intervention improved the mood and reduced the pain and anxiety that hematological cancer patients experience. They might see this type of therapy as a means of communication. Also, as a much-needed help in exploring their feelings and thoughts. This interesting experiment involved 10 male and 21 female cancer patients. They were all admitted for bone marrow transplant and hematologic services at Mayo Clinic-Rochester.
Art therapy might help cancer patients very much
The team of researchers asked the patients to take part in a brief bedside visual art intervention. Its purpose was to teach these people art technique for about 30 minutes. In total, 19 female and two male patients took part in this visual art intervention. After analyzing their responses, the experts came to the conclusion that there was an improvement in their mood and their anxiety levels decreased significantly.
These patients perceived the intervention as positive and 85% of them even expressed their wish to take part in future such experiments. It seems that art might act as a helper against these emotional problems that cancer patients struggle with, apart from the conventional cancer treatments. It seems that art therapy also makes the body relax and promotes very low anxiety levels.
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