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: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Clin J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
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Source: Clinics - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Clinics - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news
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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news
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Source: Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation - Category: Hematology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: East Mediterr Health J Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Behavioral Health Mental Health Stress Source Type: blogs
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