Music and Cancer Recovery

A list of articles compiled by Ali Armstrong on the benefits of music therapy on cancer patients, October 1999.

The Effects of Live Music versus Tape-recorded Music on Hospitalized Cancer Patients
Lucanne Magill Bailey, Music Therapy , 1983, Vol. #, pp. 17-28

This study compared effects of live music on cancer patients to that of recorded music of the same material. Live music proved to produce more significant positive effects on the emotional and physical status of the patient than the recorded version.

The Use of Songs in Music Therapy With Cancer Patients and Their Families
Lucanne Magill Bailey, Music Therapy , 1984, Vol. 4, pp. 5-17

This study revealed that music therapists encourage involvement and help with assessing important issues and feelings. Music also helps with self-expression and the maintenance of creativity and vitality with patients with cancer.

Music Therapy as an Intervention for Children with Cancer in Isolation Rooms
Warren Brodsky, Music Therapy, 1989, Vol. 8, pp. 17-34

This study showed that music helped with the expression of emotions as well as helping with coping abilities. Music also helps with adaptation to the illness, adjustment, resolutions of fear, and continuation of social events and school.

Where Words Fail Music Takes Over: A Collaborative Study by a Music Therapist and a Counselor in the Context of Cancer Care Leslie Bunt and Joanna Marston, Wyld Music Therapy Perspectives , 1995, Vol. 13, pp. 46-50

This article discussed the effectiveness of music therapy, the application of Oncology, and some case studies. Music helps deal with both psychological and physiological problems. It addressed areas like anxiety, loneliness, and discouragement and how music can help decrease these symptoms.

Oncology Rehabilitation Symposium Lee Anna Rasar 1996 Introduction to Music's Effectiveness: Unique Domain of How Music Affects the Brain

This article talks about the therapeutic goals and activities that may be applied to Oncology patients. It looks into specific musical activities and how each is useful in specific areas. This also shows how the patient is affected as a whole, including the physical and emotional aspects of the individual.

The Influence of Personal Message with Music on Anxiety and Side Effects Associated with Chemotherapy Carolyn E. Sabo and Susan Rush Michael, Cancer Nursing , 1996, Vol. 19, pp. 283-289

This study examines how to deal with anxiety and side effects when receiving chemotherapy. It revealed that there is a significant reduction of anxiety when music is involved compare to the control group without music.

An Introduction to Music Therapy: Helping the Oncology Patient in the ICU
Kelly Johnston and Jacqueline Rohaly-Davis, Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 1996, Vol. 18, pp. 54-60

This article discussed the fact that music is the universal language. In the ICU setting music is very helpful to lower blood pressure, stress, heart rate, and help the diversion of pain. Chemotherapy results in many cancer patients being placed in critical care units.

Music Therapy: A Gift Beyond Measure
Deforia Lane, Oncology Nursing Forum , 1992, Vol. 19, pp. 863-867

This article dealt with the number of different areas in which music therapy can be involved, including as an intervention to relieve pain due to cancer.

Alternative and Complementary Therapies Integration into Cancer Care
Doris Milton AAOHN Journal

There are an overwhelming number of individuals who are or will be affected by cancer in some way. This article discusses several alternative ways of dealing with it, one being music therapy. It reports that using country western as well as classical music was helpful for dealing with pain and promoting relaxation in cancer patients.

The Conjoint Use of Social Work and Music Therapy in Working with Children of Cancer Patients
Harriet H. Slivka and Lucanne Magill, Music Therapy, 1986, Vol. 6A, pp. 30-40

This article described how the Music Therapist helped with developing communication, teaching about illness, and developing coping skills in those who have cancer. This study also described the helpfulness of the social worker with the music therapist in this kind of setting.

Clinical Applications of Music and Chemotherapy: The Effects of Nausea and Emesis
Jane M. Standley, Music Therapy Perspectives, 1992, Vol. 10, pp. 27-35

This study showed a reduction in cancer patients' tension, nausea, and anxiety when music was involved. It showed that the environment was being perceived as very beneficial both by staff and the patients.


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