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Music benefit in childhood cancer

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Musical activities, such as playing instruments or singing songs, can help children with cancer cope better, suggests a small US study

Nurse researches studied around 80 patients aged 4–7. Those who participated in ‘active music engagement’ were more likely to laugh, focus on activities and ask questions.

Author Sheri Robb, behavioural oncology researcher at Indiana University’s nursing school, in Indianapolis, said: ‘The study supports the use of music-based activities to help hospitalised paediatric oncology patients. [Children are] in a better mood, more involved, physically more active and are making decisions and choices.’

The study is due to be published next year in the journal Psycho-Oncology.

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