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Music: Medicine for cancer patients

Music may benefit cancer patients as it leaves a positive effect on anxiety, pain, fatigue, etc

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Publish Date: Aug 19 2016 12:42PM | Updated Date: Aug 19 2016 12:42PM

Music: Medicine for cancer patients
‘Music is food for soul’, someone truly said, but it also has medicinal qualities. Listening to music can be beneficial for cancer patients, says a study.
 
 
According to study conducted by Drexel University, Philadelphia in United states, listening to music may benefit cancer patients as it boosts the quality of life and leaves a positive effect on anxiety, pain, fatigue, etc.
 
 
To conduct the study, around 3,731 cancer patients were tested with about 52 trials were done on them, out of which, 23 were classified as music therapy and 29 were called music medicine interventions.  
 
 
As a result, as far as pain is concerned, there came out to be large treatment effect on patients whereas in fatigue, it served as moderate treatment. 
 
 
The treatment worked by reducing heart and respiratory rates and lowered blood pressure. 
 
 
When comparing music therapy to music medicine, the team saw a moderate increase in patients' quality of life, however, when music therapy was applied there was not a similar effect in the case of music medicine interventions.
 
 
The results showed that both music medicine and music therapy interventions play an important role in cancer care, however, it is quite unknown that which music intervention is best suited for which type of cancer. 
 
 
The study was published in the journal Cochrane Library.