Apart from having the correct medication or surgical procedures, our mind-set and emotional well-being are probably two of the most powerful tools in cancer care.
What is the role of music in Cancer Care?
Music acts as a soothing element.
It helps to stimulate our brain, bring back memories and provide a chance for physical movement via instrument playing.
Music therapy can benefit the following:
1) Express emotions in an alternative way
When words fail, music speaks. Sometimes it is difficult to say our feelings, especially fear of the unknown, anger, shame, guilt etc. Music helps to break the barrier of words. These negative feelings must be dealt with in order for the patients to have a positive psyche during the treatment of cancer. In some cases, our emotional well-being may directly affect our physical status.
2) Create a safe space to build a therapeutic relationship with the therapist & peer support with group members
Patients may have a need to find a safe space to process their feelings and thoughts. This is important as a therapist may offer a different role compared to a family/friends.
In a music therapy group, patients will have the opportunity to make music together, to have fun and to forget about the pain.
3) Creating meaningful interaction & Passing on messages via songs