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Music therapy's positive effects on young cancer patients' coping skills, social integration

(Wiley) A new study has found that adolescents and young adults undergoing cancer treatment gain coping skills and resilience-related outcomes when they participate in a therapeutic music process that includes writing song lyrics and producing videos. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that such music therapy interventions can provide essential psychosocial support to help young patients positively adjust to cancer.
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

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Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Errata Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news
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Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news
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Source: Clinical Cancer Research - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Cancer Res Source Type: research
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Source: Ann Oncol - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol Source Type: research
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Source: Pediatric Blood and Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: AYA ONCOLOGY: REVIEW Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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