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Creative Arts Therapy in Improving Quality of Life in Younger Patients Receiving Therapy for Cancer

Trial Status: Active

This clinical trial studies how well a creative arts therapy works in improving quality of life in younger patients receiving therapy for cancer. Creative arts therapy may improve quality of life, resiliency, physical posture, and emotional response to pain in younger patients with cancer.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) patient with Oncology or Neuro-oncology diagnosis
  • No more than 2 previous sessions of CAT as an outpatient in the CCBD
  • English speaking
  • Receiving outpatient chemotherapy, biotherapy, or transfusions in the infusion center approximately weekly for at least 3 months

Exclusion Criteria

  • Hematology or other patients in the infusion center
  • Patients who have previously received more than 2 sessions of CAT in the infusion center
  • Non-English speaking patients


Children's Hospital Colorado
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Jennifer Raybin
Phone: 720-777-3407


I. Does Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) improve the child's reported quality of life (QOL)?

II. Is the child's resiliency enhanced by CAT?

III. Does CAT influence the physical posture of the child?

IV. Does CAT impact the child's emotional response to pain?

V. Are patients, families, and staff satisfied with the CAT program?


Patients undergo CAT weekly during cancer therapy for up to 3 months. CAT includes dance/movement, such as playing with a parachute, simple yoga breathing and postures, and work with physioballs; music, including singing, listening to music, and playing instruments; and art, consisting of drawing, finger painting, and working with clay.

Trial Phase Phase NA

Trial Type Supportive care

Lead Organization
Children's Hospital Colorado

Principal Investigator
Jennifer Raybin

  • Primary ID 10-1028
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2015-01127
  • ID NCT04208243