Effects of a short-term dance movement therapy program on symptoms and stress in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy: a randomized, controlled, single-blind trial. 


Abstract. Context. Integrated interventions with combined elements of body movement and psychotherapy on treatment-related symptoms in cancer patients are relatively scarce.
Objectives. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effectiveness of dance movement therapy (DMT) on improving treatment-related symptoms in a randomized controlled trial.
Methods. A total of 139 Chinese patients with breast cancer awaiting adjuvant radiotherapy were randomized to DMT or control group. The intervention included six 1.5-hour DMT sessions provided twice a week over the course of radiotherapy. Self-report measures on perceived stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance, and quality of life were completed before and after the three- week program.
Results. DMT showed significant effects on buffering the deterioration in perceived stress, pain severity, and pain interference (Cohen –0.36, P 0.05).
Conclusion. The short-term DMT program can counter the anticipated worsening of stress and pain in women with breast cancer during radiotherapy.

Research Collaborators​
Fong, T. C., Cheung, I. K., Yip, P. S., & Luk, M. Y.