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Compiled by Ali Armstrong -October 1999

The Effects of Live Music versus Tape-recorded Music on Hospitalized Cancer Patients Lucanne Magill Bailey Music Therapy, 1983, Vol. #, pp. 17-28

This study compared effects of live music on cancer patients to that of recorded music of the same material. Live music proved to produce more significant positive effects on the emotional and physical status of the patient than the recorded version.

The Use of Songs in Music Therapy With Cancer Patients and Their Families
Lucanne Magill Bailey Music Therapy , 1984, Vol. 4, pp. 5-17

This study revealed that music therapists encourage involvement and help with assessing important issues and feelings. Music also helps with self-expression and the maintenance of creativity and vitality with patients with cancer.

Music Therapy as an Intervention for Children with Cancer in Isolation Rooms
Warren Brodsky Music Therapy , 1989, Vol. 8, pp. 17-34text to identify article>

This study showed that music helped with the expression of emotions as well as helping with coping abilities. Music also helps with adaptation to the illness, adjustment, resolutions of fear, and continuation of social events and school.

Where Words Fail Music Takes Over: A Collaborative Study by a Music Therapist and a Counselor in the Context of Cancer Care Leslie Bunt and Joanna Marston-Wyld Music Therapy Perspectives, 1995, Vol. 13, pp. 46-50

This article discussed the effectiveness of music therapy, the application of Oncology, and some case studies. Music helps deal with both psychological and physiological problems. It addressed areas like anxiety, loneliness, and discouragement and how music can help decrease these symptoms.

Oncology Rehabilitation Symposium Lee Anna Rasar 1996 Introduction to Music's Effectiveness: Unique Domain of How Music Affects the Brain

This article talks about the therapeutic goals and activities that may be applied to Oncology patients. It looks into specific musical activities and how each is useful in specific areas. This also shows how the patient is affected as a whole, including the physical and emotional aspects of the individual.

The Influence of Personal Message with Music on Anxiety and Side Effects Associated with Chemotherapy Carolyn E. Sabo and Susan Rush Michael Cancer Nursing, 1996, Vol. 19, pp. 283-289

This study examines how to deal with anxiety and side effects when receiving chemotherapy. It revealed that there is a significant reduction of anxiety when music is involved compare to the control group without music.

An Introduction to Music Therapy: Helping the Oncology Patient in the ICU
Kelly Johnston and Jacqueline Rohaly-Davis Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 1996, Vol. 18, pp. 54-60

This article discussed the fact that music is the universal language. In the ICU setting music is very helpful to lower blood pressure, stress, heart rate, and help the diversion of pain. Chemotherapy results in many cancer patients being placed in critical care units.

Music Therapy: A Gift Beyond Measure
Deforia Lane Oncology Nursing Forum, 1992, Vol. 19, pp. 863-867

This article dealt with the number of different areas in which music therapy can be involved, including as an intervention to relieve pain due to cancer.

Alternative and Complementary Therapies Integration into Cancer Care
Doris Milton AAOHN Journal

There are an overwhelming number of individuals who are or will be affected by cancer in some way. This article discusses several alternative ways of dealing with it, one being music therapy. It reports that using country western as well as classical music was helpful for dealing with pain and promoting relaxation in cancer patients.

The Conjoint Use of Social Work and Music Therapy in Working with Children of Cancer Patients
Harriet H. Slivka and Lucanne Magill
Music Therapy, 1986, Vol. 6A, pp. 30-40

This article described how the Music Therapist helped with developing communication, teaching about illness, and developing coping skills in those who have cancer. This study also described the helpfulness of the social worker with the music therapist in this kind of setting.

Clinical Applications of Music and Chemotherapy: The Effects of Nausea and Emesis
Jane M. Standley Music Therapy Perspectives, 1992, Vol. 10, pp. 27-35

This study showed a reduction in cancer patientsí tension, nausea, and anxiety when music was involved. It showed that the environment was being perceived as very beneficial both by staff and the patients.

Psychological Issues in Hospice Music Therapy Therese Marie West Music Therapy Perspectives, 1994, Vol. 12, pp. 117-123

This article describes the improved quality of life in those who are dying when music was used as an intervention. Music may be used to help a patient have a more peaceful death. It also helps with the religious aspects and phases of death. Music is helpful with those who are no longer able to speak.

Compiled by Sarah Brudelie - Fall 1999


Licht, Sidney. Music in Medicine. Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine. 1946.
UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920.L67

This resource discusses music as a weapon of healing. The author points out that selection of music should be determined by science, but at the same time we must strive to adapt the results of research of individual preferences to normal subjects.

Rehabilitation, Music, and Human Well-Being. St. Louis, MO: MMB Music, c1989.
UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920.L44 R34 1989

This resource provides a brief history about music. It describes in brief detail how music is used to help many different kinds of medical patients, including those hospitalized with cancer.

Music Vibration and Health. Cherry Hill, NJ.: Jeffery Books, c1997.
UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920.M925 1997

Cancer Treatments: Consider the Possibilities. US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, National Institute of Health. (1989).
UWEC Library Call Number: HE 20.3152:T71

This resource describes numerous treatments for cancer, one of which is music therapy, a “new-popular” method. This resource describes methods of music therapy that work best with different kinds of cancer patients.

Lingerman, Hal A. The Healing Energies of Music. Theosophical Pub. House, Wheaton, Ill. C1983.
UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920.L695 1983

This resource describes in a general sense how music and music therapy can help in the healing process. Even though this resource doesn't describe in detail the effects music has on cancer patients, it is a good resource to use and understand how music affects healing.

Music Medicine, volume 2. St. Louis, MO.: MMB Music, c1996. UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920.I57 1994

This resource provides information on music related to fields of physiology and physics, music with specific therapeutic populations and in therapy, the role of medicine in the performing arts, and professional issues and the theoretical perspectives in MusicMedicine.

Burke, Martha A. Effects of Music Therapy on Elderly Extended Care in Patients Receiving Radiation or Physical Therapy. UWEC Library Call Number: HE 1.1002:M97

This resource looks primarily at the care of geriatrics. Taking care of children and taking care of elderly persons in hospital settings who are diagnosed as being terminally ill involve different considerations. Older people have different needs than do children, and that is what this resource discusses. This book discusses how music therapy can have a positive impact on the elderly who receive radiation by helping them accept hair loss and also deal effectively with pain.

Music Therapy With Hospitalized Children: A Creative Arts Child Life Approach.
Cherry Hill, NJ.: Jeffery Books, c1996.
UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920. M8999 1996

This text describes how the creative arts can be used with children who are in the hospital for extended periods of time. It describes how music can be used and how art such as drawing and painting can also be used.

Gardner, K. Sounding the Inner Landscape: Music as Medicine. Rockport, Mass.: Element, 1997.
UWEC Library Call Number: ML3920. G14 1997

This resource generally describes the effects music can play in healing. It discusses the need for music in hospital as well as other settings.

Lucanne Magill Bailey. The Use of Songs in Music Therapy with Cancer Patients. Music Therapy, 1984, Vol. 4. pp 5-17.
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This resource describes specifically the use of music therapy with terminally ill cancer patients. It describes how music can be used to alleviate pain, cope with death, aid in family participation, deal with loss of independence, etc. Music therapy is most commonly found being used in hospital settings, but can also be used at home with the aid of a music therapist.