Creative Arts May Reduce Depression, Anxiety In Cancer Patients.

HealthDay (5/14, Doheny) reports, “Cancer patients who participate in the creative arts – such as music therapy, dance, art therapy and writing – may be helping to reduce the anxiety, depression and pain that can be associated with their diagnosis, according to” research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers came to this conclusion after looking at data from 27 studies which included approximately 1,500 participants. HealthDay adds, “Taking part in these creative arts ‘is an opportunity for these patients to complement the healing process above and beyond the physical,’ said Timothy Puetz, presidential management fellow at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Office of the Director.”

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— “Creative Arts May Help Cancer Patients Cope, “Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay, May 13, 2013.

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