Q: Why Read “Music Therapy Program for Wellthcare in Cancer Survivorship?”
A: You will be able to identify some of the conditions music therapy is used in oncology in order to discern whether or not music therapy might integrate into your survivorship situation.
Music therapy is the use of music to address non-musical goals. In cancer survivorship, these goals often focus on encouraging emotional expression, reducing anxiety and stress, improving sleep, relieving physiological symptoms, and improving quality of life. Music therapy may include active music making, listening to music, songwriting, discussing song lyrics, improvisation, and combining music with other creative arts.
There is some evidence that music therapy can relieve physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms of cancer. Studies have explored the psychosocial benefits of music therapy (improved quality of life, improved mood, connectedness, increased self-confidence, enhanced communication) with positive results (Burns; Zhang et al.).
Other studies have shown that, when used with conventional treatment, music therapy can help to reduce pain and relive other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting (American Cancer Society, 2008).
The Absenger Cancer Education offers several music therapy programs and you can learn more about them by visiting the following pages:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (Music Guided) for Wellthcare in Cancer Survivorship
Drumming Group Program for Wellthcare in Cancer Survivorship
Guided Imagery (Music Guided) Group for Wellthcare in Cancer Survivorship
Music Therapy for Children and Young Adult Cancer Survivors
Here is a link to our Monthly Program Schedule
Here is a link explaining our membership program.
Burns, D.S. (2001). The effect of the bonny method of guided imagery and music on the mood and life quality of cancer patients. Journal of Music Therapy. 38(1),
Zhang, J., Wang, P., Yao, J., Zhao, L., Davis, M.P., Walsh, D., & Yue, G. H. (2012). Music Interventions for psychological and physical outcomes in cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(12), 3043-53.