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Music therapy in supportive cancer care

Malgorzata Monika Stanczyk
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2011.04.005
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2011;16(5):170-172.

open access

Vol 16, No 5 (2011)
Reviews
Published online: 2011-09-01
Submitted: 2011-03-24

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to show some aspects of music therapy application in cancer care and to present the integration of music therapy program into a continuous supportive cancer care for inpatients. A cancer diagnosis is one of the most feared and serious life events that causes stress in individuals and families. Cancer disrupts social, physical and emotional well-being and results in a range of emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, guilt, embarrassment and shame. Music therapy is a part of a complementary medicine program in supportive cancer care which accompanies medical treatment. There are many benefits of music therapy for cancer patients—interactive music therapy techniques (instrumental improvisation, singing) as well as receptive music therapy techniques (listening to recorded or live music, music and imaginary) can be used to improve mood, decrease stress, pain, anxiety level and enhance relaxation. Music therapy is an effective form of supporting cancer care for patients during the treatment process. It may be also basic for planning effective programs of rehabilitation to promote wellness, improve physical and emotional well-being and the quality of life.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to show some aspects of music therapy application in cancer care and to present the integration of music therapy program into a continuous supportive cancer care for inpatients. A cancer diagnosis is one of the most feared and serious life events that causes stress in individuals and families. Cancer disrupts social, physical and emotional well-being and results in a range of emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, guilt, embarrassment and shame. Music therapy is a part of a complementary medicine program in supportive cancer care which accompanies medical treatment. There are many benefits of music therapy for cancer patients—interactive music therapy techniques (instrumental improvisation, singing) as well as receptive music therapy techniques (listening to recorded or live music, music and imaginary) can be used to improve mood, decrease stress, pain, anxiety level and enhance relaxation. Music therapy is an effective form of supporting cancer care for patients during the treatment process. It may be also basic for planning effective programs of rehabilitation to promote wellness, improve physical and emotional well-being and the quality of life.

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Keywords

Cancer care; Music therapy; Oncology

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Title

Music therapy in supportive cancer care

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 16, No 5 (2011)

Pages

170-172

Published online

2011-09-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2011.04.005

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2011;16(5):170-172.

Keywords

Cancer care
Music therapy
Oncology

Authors

Malgorzata Monika Stanczyk

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