to music can
reduce anxiety and pain in
cancer patients and help improve mood and quality of life.
The results of 30 trials involving nearly 2000 cancer patients who underwent music therapy interventions as part of their treatment were reviewed to assess the
effects of music therapy on mood.
Of the 30 trials, 17 involved a medical professional playing pre-recorded music for the patient, referred to as “music medicine,” and 13 trials involved “music therapy” in which trained music therapists actively engaged the patient in a personally-tailored music and therapy
experience, which may have included listening to live
music or playing an instrument.
Patients who received music interventions reported less anxiety, better mood and less pain during cancer-related procedures.
While more research is required, these finding certainly indicate that music therapy may be a useful complementary treatment in people with cancer.