Researchers have showed that music therapy has come to help teenagers and young people to cope better when they are faced with treatment for cancer. This study was published in Cancer journal. The American researchers had followed a group of patients who were aged 11 to 24 as they produced music video for over three weeks.
It was found that these patients seemed to have improved relationships with their family and friends. All of these patients were undergoing high risk stem cell transplant treatments.
The young cancer patients were asked to write song lyrics for the music videos that were to be produced. They were to record sounds and collect video images in order to create their story. These patients were guided by a qualified music therapist who helped them to identify that which was important to them and how they could communicate their ideas.
After the sessions, the researchers found that the group that made music videos reported feeling more resilient and better able to cope with their treatment than another group not offered music therapy.
There were several protective factors which were identified by researchers that they say could help teenagers and young adults to cope with when facing cancer treatments.
Lead study author Dr Joan Haase, of Indiana University School of Nursing, said: "These protective factors influence the ways adolescents and young adults cope, gain hope and find meaning in the midst of their cancer journey.
Source: BBC News
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