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Dance for People with Cancer Anna Leatherdale
Dance for Cancer Patients • Anna Leatherdale – dance artist • Dr Ute Scholl – medical practitioner Regional project led by Dance in Devon, supported by the Peninsula Cancer Network and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Common side effects of cancer treatment • Post-treatment fatigue • Depression • Bone loss • Decreased level of muscular strength • Decreased aerobic capacity • Increased weight gain • Impaired quality of life • Disturbed body image
Research evidence indicates that regular participation in physical activity after cancer diagnosis might mitigate some of the common side effects of cancer treatment: • Fatigue • Depression • Impaired quality of life • Decreased muscular strength • Decreased aerobic capacity • Weight gain
What does dance have to offer? Increasing people’s motivation to participate in physical activity and maintain that participation, because they see dance as fun, expressive, non-competitive and sociable.
What else dance has to offer • Variety • Range of motion • Improved body perception • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression • Improved quality of life • Less isolation • Increased communication skills • Decrease in chronic pain • Increased feeling of well-being
Assisting recovery from illness, reduce pain and the perception of pain • breast cancer patients increased their ROM (range of motion) in their involved shoulder by 15% during a 13 week dance programme and at 26 weeks had increased this by 26% (Sandel et al, 2005) 61% of 131 participants reporting chronic pain reported that their complaints were lessened after dancing in comparison to days when they did not dance (Murcia et al, 2010)
Improving quality of life: Breast cancer patients increased their Quality of Life Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT- B) score by 14.7 points during a 13 week dance programme (against ‘no change’ in a wait group) and maintained this for a further 13 weeks (Sandel et al, 2005)
Social interaction and non-medical touch Participants reported an increased motivation toward exercise because of being with peers and social activities on an AIMS subscale showed significant improvement (Noreau et al, 1997)
Evidence suggests that regular physical activity: • Plays an important role in prevention of cancer • Reduces risk of death from the disease • Improves common side effects of cancer treatment • Improves quality of life • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
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Contraindication of physical activity in individuals with cancer · Symptomatic heart failure · Inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) · Recent heart attack (Myocardial infarction) · Acute infection · Thyroid problems · Psychosis · Intravenous chemotherapy within previous 24 hours · Severe anaemia (Haemoglobin < 8g/dl) · Acute onset of nausea during exercise Beware: · Indwelling catheters: risk of dislodgement Peripheral neuropathy: Loss of balance