It’s natural for patients going through radiotherapy or chemotherapy to feel sad and depressed. Their bodies are under a lot of stress, and it can be hard to find the motivation to get out of bed. Studies have shown that having meaningful and inspiring art can promote creativity, mental health, and happiness while also reducing stress and promoting sleep.
That’s why we’re so excited about art therapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative activities like drawing or painting to help patients express their feelings. A randomized trial at a Montreal cancer hospital found that patients who participated in art therapy had improved psychological well-being and experienced less anxiety and depression compared to those who received standard care.
The great thing about art therapy is that it allows psychiatrists and psychologists to work directly with patients’ creative energies while also offering non-art-related activities to engage patients’ minds and bodies. As a result, art is both stimulating and relaxing, making it a perfect fit for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.
Why Are Cancer Patients Going Digital?
It’s no secret that patients are flocking to virtual medical rooms to consult with doctors. As mobile devices get faster and more advanced, patients are able to stay connected even while traveling for treatment. Plus, the internet makes it easy to find the information and support you need when you need it, regardless of where you are.
That’s one of the reasons why so many psychiatrists and psychologists are moving towards a digital model for practice. Not only do you get the advantages of the virtual medical room, but you also have access to a wealth of evidence-based learning and resources that you would otherwise have to stay in one location to access. And let’s not forget about the convenience! With many medical offices closing down, patients have to travel to multiple places just to keep up with their treatments, and staying connected while on the move can feel tricky.
The digital model has several advantages over the traditional method of practicing medicine. First, you get to tailor your practice to fit your patients’ needs. If a patient is unable to visit the hospital due to traveling or isolation restrictions, you can work online with them via a web cam. Second, you can access your patients’ medical histories and record their progress and responses to therapy. Third, you can collaborate with colleagues and share information. Fourth, you can perform medical research and contribute to scientific literature. Finally, you can keep track of previous therapies and treatments, helping you to establish a more personalized treatment plan for the patient. If you’re interested in exploring the therapeutic effects of arts and digital technology in your practice, read on.
How Does Digital Tissue Staining Work?
When a cancer patient starts treatment, it’s usually a combination of therapies that the individual physician supervising the patient will use to bring about the most effective results. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are the most common forms of treatment for cancer, and while they both have useful and effective results, they also have significant side effects. There are a variety of tests and scans available to identify the spread of cancer cells and determine the effectiveness of a treatment plan. One such test is called a pathologic complete response (pathCR) test.
This test examines whether or not the treatment brought about complete and total tumor regression. In other words, did the treatment eliminate all signs of the cancer in the patient? A pathCR test will determine how successful a specific therapy is by looking at whether or not all cancerous cells are eliminated and whether or not the tumor has grown back after the completion of treatment.
In some cases, treatment can result in the patient having no signs of cancer at all. In these instances, the patient will have a pathologic complete response (pathCR). However, in other cases, even if the cancer is eliminated, it can still rear its ugly head again after a while, making the patient’s life miserable once more. In these cases, the patient will have a pathologic partial response (pathPR).
The distinction between pathCR and pathPR is important because it will dictate whether or not the patient continues to receive treatment or whether or not they’ve achieved the desired results. Knowing whether or not a treatment is successful is key to continuing or ending a patient’s medical care. In some cases, especially in oncology, it can be difficult to tell whether or not a patient has a complete or partial response to a therapy until several months or even a year after the fact. In these situations, the use of biomarkers can help guide treatment decisions and determine whether or not a response has been achieved.
Arts-based therapists use a variety of methods to engage and stimulate their patients, and one of the most productive and effective ways of doing this is through drawing. Not only does it provide an opportunity to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, but it can also be an effective therapeutic tool that can improve a patient’s quality of life. During intake, the therapist will ask the patient a series of questions about what kind of art they enjoy creating the most and what brings them peace in their life. From there, the therapist will direct the patient on which paintings or drawings they should focus on.
As the patient creates, the therapist watches and offers feedback. Sometimes, patients will ask for help and seek the therapist’s advice on which pieces they should work on. In these instances, the therapist has the unique opportunity to intervene and guide the patient towards more positive and effective creative processes. Additionally, having a creative outlet like drawing or painting can help improve the patient’s therapeutic results and reduce their anxiety and depression. These benefits alone make it worth the time and effort for arts-based therapists to incorporate this valuable tool into their treatment plans.
The Future Of Medicine
With the future of medicine looking more like virtual medicine than ever before, the need for psychologists and psychiatrists to establish long-distance practices has never been greater. Through telemedicine, mobile apps, and digital health tools, patients have unprecedented access to their doctors, and as a result, more of them are able to receive the treatment they need while maintaining a remote relationship with a physician or specialist.
The ability to work remotely has many advantages. First, it allows the physician to conduct a more personal and attentive examination, creating a deeper connection and trust between the two parties. Second, it makes it possible for the physician to establish a more personal relationship with the patient. Third, it makes it easier for the physician to provide continuous and frequent care, updating the patient on the most current evidence-based practices and information throughout the treatment process.
It’s clear that the future of medicine is looking more and more like arts therapy. With the right tools and the willingness to change, psychiatrists and psychologists can play a significant role in helping cancer patients achieve the best possible results from their treatment plan. Working remotely is not only preferable for some patients but also makes it possible for the therapist to specialize in this area and provide the best possible services to those they treat. It’s an opportunity, as the saying goes, to provide more, do better, and be closer to your patients while also providing the best possible service to those most in need.