Cancer treatment eased through music, claims study

10 August 2011

Patients undergoing cancer treatment may benefit through music therapy, claims a new study.

Improved quality of life as well as the easing of pain and overall anxiety were just some of the effects noted in patients who spent time with trained musical therapists or listened to pre-recorded music.

Clinical studies of the positive effect music has on patients is already noted. However, the latest research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews showed that music interventions "may be useful as a complementary treatment to people with cancer", according to lead researcher Joke Bradt of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, US.

The paper, which studied 30 trials encompassing 1,891 patients, also noted beneficial effects on heart rate and blood pressure, suggesting the findings could also be used for helping patients with heart problems.

On Monday (August 8th), Macmillan Cancer Support published findings which suggested that increased physical activity, far from having a detrimental impact compared to rest and immobility, actually improved the rate and level of recovery among cancer patients.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1 Bradt J, Dileo C, Grocke D, Magill L, "Music interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Wednesday August 10th 2011

2 Macmillan Cancer Support, "Move More: Physical activity the underrated ‘wonder drug’". Monday August 8th 2011.

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