Can music alleviate therapy-related stress?

In the ongoing search for ways to reduce patient anxiety in the often-stressful clinic environment, a team of researchers asked if music could play a role. This team conducted a randomized trial to determine whether and to what extent music therapy impacts anxiety and distress during simulations of radiation therapy among patients newly diagnosed with cancer (either of the head and neck or of the breast).

The researchers found that, compared with patients who did not receive music therapy, the patients who did receive it in conjunction with the simulation procedure expressed “significantly lowered . . . anxiety and distress.”

The complete results of this study, titled “The Impact of Music Therapy on Anxiety in Cancer Patients Undergoing Simulation for Radiation Therapy,” have been published in the latest issue of Radiation Oncology. Read the full article here.