Art therapy is a tool used for a variety of purposes, including self-expression, communication, and releasing strong emotions. Research has shown that art therapy improves quality of life for some people living with metastatic cancer. Importantly, you do not need to be a self-described artist to benefit from or enjoy art therapy.
People with breast cancer can often find free art therapy classes at hospitals and cancer centers. If you are interested in finding a class near you (or online), you can search the website of a hospital near you or where you receive treatment. Academic hospitals may also offer free online art therapy for people, regardless of where they are located.
- Art Therapy Living Beyond Breast Cancer describes different types of art therapy classes, such as group or private/individual. Some classes are free, while others require payment—which may be covered by health insurance.
- Telling Your Breast Cancer Story With Art Therapy Breastcancer.org shares a podcast and transcript of a compelling interview with an art therapist.
- Art Therapy for People With Cancer VeryWellHealth discusses the benefits of art therapy for people with cancer.
- Samantha Handler Talks Art and Living With Cancer Samantha talks about making art after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.