Music VS Cancer

by DanielaSpinelli on January 27, 2014 - 1:20pm

An article titled “Making music videos helps young cancer patients cope” featured by BBC News on January 26, 2014 explains how an experiment testing the effects of music therapy on a group of patients undergoing high-risk stem cell transplant treatments that were asked to produce a music video. The young 11-24 year olds worked with a professional music expert who helped the patients write song lyrics, record sounds and construct video montages in hopes to improve their communication and sensation towards their illness. The experiment concluded with positive effects such as; the patients reported feeling “resilient and better” for they were able to cope more efficiently with their treatment as opposed to those who were not offered music therapy. Overall, the music therapy provided further understanding for the parents as to what their children are experiencing and how they are feeling which in turn gave the patients a sense of confidence and courage to reach out and express themselves in a healthy way.

Further information about the research and positive outcomes can be found here.

Coping with cancer can be extremely difficult and harmful on one’s body however, it also effects the mind. It is fairly challenging to come into terms with cancer and/or cancer treatments whether it would be on ourselves or others around us. Some may prefer to hurt and heal exclusively in hospitals while others may turn to the outdoors or spiritual activities. Personally, I think music is a great escape and if it is not an escape then it can be a strength.  There are many untold stories and feelings in song lyrics that can give those who are not yet ready to express themselves a way to speak their minds without moving their lips. It is to be understood that music cannot cure or prevent cancer however it can be an enjoyable and supportive way to fight and conquer such an illness. 


I have found your article summary very inspiring. You might find interesting to find out that it is now a practise that is publicise by the American Cancer society. I have linked the American Cancer Society website where they promote this sort of treatment. Enjoy!

What I like about this post is, whenever we are faced with a trauma while going through stem cell transplants, or any form of cancer, there is at least a way to make a temporary relief of stress. In fact, I'm wondering what other sorts of music therapists would do in order to turn the emotions of a patient from agony to happiness. Sure this article says about specifics to each person, but perhaps there is a general one too?

Anyway, I only wish I can give out one of my acquaintances' experiences with stem cell transplant after having to go through a second treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Sadly, she isn't there to give me her memories and whether or not she took this (at the time this was written), but I found a site to give some more insight into it. Unfortunately, it's the same link as user sophiaroseglt posted, so I can't give it.

What's similar about this article is that music therapists often join in with the patients to find out what are their "needs and tastes," and that it can yield similar effects. Now, it is still completely true that music therapy does not cure the cancer or any symptom; it's more of a way for a patient to feel temporarily calm throughout the operation. Nevertheless, there are some signs that it can lower some of the symptoms associated with anxiety on the basis of cancer.

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