Music therapists are often on staff in hospital oncology (cancer care) programs, and for good reason.
Music therapy can help with pain
Research has shown that music therapy can help with a host of symptoms suffered by cancer patients, including pain. This includes pain related to the disease itself, as well as procedural pain.
Music therapy can reduce anxiety
It is not surprising that cancer patients often deal with significant anxiety. Music therapy has been shown to help with anxiety. In Ontario, patients looking to relieve their anxiety will want to seek out music therapists who are also Registered Psychotherapists (RP’s), registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Here is a video with an example of research regarding procedural anxiety:
Music therapy can help with nausea
Those cancer patients who experience nausea with treatment, can often find some relief with the help of an MTA (Music Therapist Accredited), an effect which is confirmed by research.
This video shows what a music therapy session might look like for a child with cancer: