One of the worst diseases of the modern era is cancer. It is a painful illness and its treatment is equally dire. The modern day presents us with many problems but science and researchers tend to find out methods to rectify the diseases. One of the latest researches observed positive response when experimented with music therapy.
The type of music therapy examined in this study – called Therapeutic Music Video – is designed to help patients reflect on their experiences. This research was carried out with a control group from the ages of eleven to twenty-four, by Indiana University. This research on music therapy confirms that adolescents and young cancer patients who participated in the music therapy program increased their ability to cope with the disease as music boosted their resilience. Music therapy involves song lyric writing, sound recordings, producing videos, storyboarding, collecting images for the video etc.
The role of a music therapist was to offer support and structure, by asking them to reflect on their life’s experiences and tap into their priorities including; family, relationships and spirituality.
Therapeutic music video group reported to have comparatively better ‘Courageous coping’ skills, better socializing abilities and family-environment, even after 100 days of stem cell transplant treatment.
Cancer patients of this age go through a tough time and a high risk treatment, so whatever soothes their mind should not only be encouraged by the doctors; but should also be adopted by the patients. But even when a life ends too early, music therapy can be invaluable to a parent or family members.
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