Art Therapy in Oncology

Section: Serie

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Del Río Diéguez M, López Pérez R. Arteterapia en oncología. Metas Enferm jun 2019; 22(5):27-32.


María del Río Diéguez1, Rebeca López Pérez2


1Doctora por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Máster Universitario en Arteterapia por la UCM. Departamento de Educación Artística, Plástica y Visual. Facultad de Formación del Profesorado. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Grupode Investigación Cambio Educativo para la Justicia Social (GICE)-UAM. Madrid2Artista multidisciplinar. Servicio de Oncología. Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña. Proyecto Oncofrail “Espacio del paciente”

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Within the Oncology setting, Art Therapy offers a working space targeted to developing personal and interpersonal health promoting resources, which can be useful together with those presented by other therapeutic instruments more focused on treating the condition. Two of the contributions reported by literature are: the development of creativity, and the access to areas of reflection and, therefore, expression and communication, which are effective regarding areas of experience which persons cannot describe with words.
This articles moves forward in this sense, intending to show with higher intensity and to a higher extent the scope of a pathway which starts by compromising the healthy part of the person, and guides them towards being involved in an experience of aesthetic nature, as well as expressive and communicative; it is targeted to expanding their scope of experience, to open it to the connection of significant, vital and universal areas of experience, and to generate a non-excluding relationship tissue, formed by experiences, but also by objects where patients and relatives will always be able to meet.


Art therapy; oncology; cancer; Oncofrail Project

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Arteterapia en oncología