Using art therapy to help patients with cancer
Patients with cancer are benefitting from art therapy sessions to reduce feelings of anxiety.
We’re dedicated to
Funding innovative ways to improve healthcare – in this case, ensuring patients feel at ease and free from anxiety during treatment whenever possible.
The difference we’re making
- Exploring new ways to support patients: psychological support can be a powerful tool to enhance wellbeing during potentially stressful treatment
- Assessing the value of a dedicated art psychotherapy service in providing extra support for patients with cancer – a rare service for hospitals in the UK
- Funding for an art therapist to spend time with patients, discussing whether they’d like the opportunity for art therapy and to discuss their cancer diagnosis
What the hospital staff are saying
“We’re exploring whether it’s the psychological support element [talking with the therapist] or the artistic expression – or a combination – that underlies the benefit.
“There’s very little evidence globally on the impact of art therapy, so results from this could have significance around the world.”
– Megan Tjasink, Barts Health’s resident art therapist
Feedback from patients has been positive so far, with over 90% of those who took part in an art therapy session finding it helpful:
“Talking with a therapist about my illness was helpful and the artwork itself was relaxing and therapeutic which surprised me.”
“It took my mind off the chemo and having someone to listen to me other than a family member was cathartic.”
More hospitals are considering how they can implement art therapy into existing services, showing the importance of this funding in demonstrating possible benefits of art therapy.