Artful Healing

Artful Healing

Artful Healing

When used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments, remedies such as art therapy, music therapy, yoga, massage and meditation have proven to be powerful medicine. With your support, the Foundation can provide these programs at the new Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center free of charge to patients, families and caregivers.

A Compliment to Conventional Therapies

Today, non-traditional treatments are widely accepted as effective complements to conventional methods. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Summit Medical Group are strong proponents of patient-centered care, which includes strategies for addressing the full range of patients’ treatment needs—including their ability to cope with their illness.

Art as Therapy

Art—both viewing it and the act of creating it—has been shown to have a soothing effect on people. At Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center, art will be an integral part of the healing process for our patients and their loved ones.

Donations will enable us to hire certified art therapists to run programs for patients and caregivers that allow them to engage deeply with art and create artwork of their own. In addition, artwork will fill the halls of our treatment center, providing a calming and inspirational surrounding for patients. Donors will have an opportunity to sponsor a piece of artwork that is meaningful to them, and be recognized with a plaque of gratitude.

The Power of Music

One need not be a musician or music therapist to know that music can help people relax, connect more deeply with their emotions and experience feelings of happiness and contentment. In fact, studies have shown that music can help boost immunity by stimulating production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and reducing production of the stress hormone cortisol. 3

Movement, Massage and Mindfulness

In addition to art and music therapy, patients and their loved ones will have access to a range of free, onsite activities to help them relax, feel grounded, learn ways to boost their immunity and strengthen themselves in mind, body and spirit. Programs offered may include massage therapy, healing touch, meditation, yoga, chair yoga, nutrition counseling, cooking classes and qigong.

3. Novotney, Amy. “Music as medicine.” Apa.org. American Psychological Association, November 2013. Web. 13 February 2018

How You Can Help

Your support will help make comprehensive, whole-person treatment possible for the patients and families of Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center. Your gift will enable us to:

  • Bring credentialed therapists and instructors to the cancer center to help patients, caregivers, survivors and families relax, heal and gain strength in the ways that work best for them.
  • Purchase the supplies needed to run art, music and other therapy programs including paintbrushes, canvases, instruments, stereo equipment and yoga mats.
  • Curate pieces of art to adorn the walls of the cancer center. Donors have the opportunity to sponsor individual pieces of art and their gift will be honored with a plaque that bears their name.

For more information about making a donation or sponsoring a therapy program or artwork, contact Joe Finocchiaro at 908-277-8788 or jfinocchiaro@smg-foundation.org.