Benefits of Art Therapy

Helping Cancer Patients Cope with their Illness through Visual Expression

At its most basic level, art therapy helps patients with cancer to refocus their minds away from their health problems. But it can also do much more. For example, art therapy can:

  • Open communication: Art therapy gives patients a safe, nonverbal way to communicate emotions, concerns, anxiety and apprehension. This is especially helpful for those having trouble talking about health challenges such as cancer.
  • Inspire patients: Participating in both individual and group art therapy projects can instill a real sense of hope in patients dealing with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
  • Increase relaxation: The art therapy team at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is trained to identify ways each individual can use to make an artistic statement, regardless of ability or experience.
  • Create a sense of pride: Our patients are often surprised by their own artistic abilities. Their achievements can foster a strong sense of pride in their work and motivate them to share it with family and friends.
  • Empower patients: Loss of control is a big stressor when dealing with serious illness such as cancer. Since there is no wrong way to approach art therapy, patients can work at a comfortable pace and at any skill level. The results can be truly satisfying and create a sense of balance for patients who previously felt unstable from their condition.

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Art therapy at UH Seidman Cancer Center is provided without cost to patients or their insurance. For more information, contact us at 216-844-1211

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