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Listening to Music Eases Pain and Other Symptoms in Patients with Breast Cancer

European Journal of Cancer Care study found that listening to music at home reduced the severity of symptoms, pain intensity, and fatigue experienced by patients with breast cancer.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:01 am EDT
"Using music can support patients’ physical and psychological well-being"

A European Journal of Cancer Care study found that listening to music at home reduced the severity of symptoms, pain intensity, and fatigue experienced by patients with breast cancer.

For the study, 60 participants listened to music in five 30-minute sessions per week. After 6, 12, and 24 weeks, the music therapy reduced symptom severity, pain intensity, and overall fatigue. Furthermore, it instantaneously reduced physical and mental fatigue.

“Using music can support patients’ physical and psychological well-being,” said senior author Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD, RN, of Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan. The authors recommend that home-based music interventions be administered to patients with breast cancer to reduce their negative thoughts associated with cancer.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecc.13064

About Journal 

The European Journal of Cancer Care aims to encourage comprehensive, multiprofessional cancer care across Europe and internationally. It publishes original research reports, literature reviews, guest editorials, letters to the Editor and special features on current issues affecting the care of cancer patients. The Editor welcomes contributions which result from team working or collaboration between different health and social care providers, service users, patient groups and the voluntary sector in the areas of:

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary care for cancer patients
  • Multidisciplinary and service-user involvement in cancer care
  • Rehabilitation, supportive, palliative and end of life care for cancer patients
  • Policy, service development and healthcare evaluation in cancer care
  • Psychosocial interventions for patients and family members
  • International perspectives on cancer care

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