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Music Therapy Helps Relieve Stress, Anxiety In Cancer Patients

August 6, 2019


. CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND A HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK IS HELPING MUSIC AND PATIENTS COMBAT STRESS. FOCUS ON THE MUSIC. CLOSE YOUR EYES. Reporter: AFTER A FRIGHTENING BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS AT 43, JULIA WAS OVERWHELMED WITH ANXIETY AND SUFFERED FROM INSOMNIA. YOU WORRY A LOT ABOUT THE FUTURE. Reporter: WITH A YOUNG DAUGHTER AT HOME, THE FEAR OF NOT SURVIVING WAS DEBILITATING. HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO RELAX WHILE I WAS HAVING THE MUSIC THERAPY AND ALSO TO REMEMBER THOSE TECHNIQUES WHEN I WAS HOME. Reporter: HOW STRESSFUL IS IT FOR PATIENTS WHEN THEY COME IN THE RADIATION ROOM. FOR MANY PATIENTS, VERY STRESSFUL. Reporter: IN THE FIRST STUDY OF ITS KIND, MOUNT SINAI BETH ISRAEL MUSIC COORDINATOR RESEARCHED THE BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY FOR CANCER PATIENTS. USES MUSIC AND VERBAL PROCESSING TO LOWER ANXIETY. Reporter: FROM CLASSICAL TO HART ROCK, THEY PERSONALIZE THE PLAY LIST FOR EACH PATIENT. THEY FOUND IT WORKS WELL BEFORE AND DURING TREATMENT. PATIENTS SAW THE STRESS AND ANXIETY DROP BY AT LEAST 20%. TODAY JULIA IS CANCER FREE BUT CONTINUES THE THERAPY ONCE A WEEK FOR RELAXATION. IT HELPED ME SO MUCH THROUGH ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS IN MY LIFE THAT NOW IT IS HELPING ME WITH EVERY IMPORTANT ASPECT AND PHASE THAT I WANT TO DO. Reporter: STAYING HEALTHY IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. MEG OLIVER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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  • Reply Leia Skywalker November 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

    It really helps people. Good job fighting cancer.

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