Music helps cancer patients feel better, it seems

A study has shown that listening to music can relieve anxiety and pain in cancer patients.


Words by: Charlie Jones

According to this study by the Cochrane Foundation, scheduled music therapy listening sessions were found to have beneficent effects on “anxiety, pain, mood, quality of life, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure” in cancer patients. The effects were slight, and limited to the stress caused by the suffering, not the suffering itself, but it’s still a nice little fact about what music can do.

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