An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion

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CHAPTER 5
Dance/Movement Therapy
in Cancer Care

This chapter describes the author's own and others' work in various cancer-related applications. This chapter first introduces psychosocial issues in cancer care and provides a broad psychooncology perspective in relation to dance/movement therapy (DMT). The two psychooncology specializations that have seen the most development, DMT for breast cancer survivors and DMT in pediatric oncology, are then covered in more depth.


Dance/movement therapy and general
psychooncology

Cancer is not a single disease, but a class of conditions including hundreds of site-specific diseases. All cancer is characterized by a [proliferation of cells that do not contribute to the functioning of the organism as a whole and that displaces cells that do] (Blaney 1985, p.533). The surveillance theory of cancer suggests that the mutation of a normal cell into an abnormal cancerous cell occurs frequently but the immune system, especially the T-cell system, usually detects and destroys such cells. Thus, the proliferation of cancerous cells and growth of tumors, including the spread or metastasis of cancer to secondary sites in the body, is considered a failure of the immune system in its surveillance, [search and destroy] function (Sherwood 1997).

Blaney (1985) reviewed the research on psychosocial aspects of adult cancers available at the time. On the whole there is very little consensus on either the role of predisposing psychological factors or the role of stress in the etiology of cancer. More recent data from psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studies, particularly the findings that stress compromises NK cell activity, support the notion that stress is a

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