Jacobs Journal of Internal Medicine

The Music as a Therapy Integrated to Palliative Care of Patients with Cancer

*Ozgur Tanriverdi
Department Of Medicine, Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Ozgur Tanriverdi
Department Of Medicine, Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey

Published on: 2016-05-26


The purpose of this paper is to show benefits of listening music and music therapy in supportive cancer care. Cancer is a chronic disease that has many complications such as vomiting, pain, anorexia and fear of death. Cancer also effects the patients’ social, economic and physical life. Music therapy is an alternative supplementary treatment for cancer patients. There are many benefits of music therapy. It can be used to reduce the pain, decrease stress level and improve mood. Therefore music therapy can be used to promote wellness, enhance communication, and facilitate personal development. Although there is evidence that music therapy is effective in reducing cancer’s adverse outcomes, extend of these interventions is unknown. If we consider music therapy as an additional therapy, it should be integrated into the psycho-oncology. We discuss the positive effects of music therapy in cancer patients to use it as a non-pharmacological treatment for promoting wellness and quality of life.


Music Therapy; Palliative Care; Cancer


It can be thought that Art is a huge area where there is no limit and sad that you can find anything you want on it. Art has the potential to enhance people’s mood, feelings, behaviors [1,2]. There is a strong connection between art and health since the ancient times [1]. Doing some creative activities can reduce stress and depression. It is like a port to get away from the emotions associated with diseases [1, 2]. For example there is evidence that music therapy can decrease the degree of anxiety [1, 3]. In addition, movement based creative expression, like theater, has a great effect on self-esteem, problem solving, and psychologically well-being. Furthermore, people that wrote about their bad memories, faced with them, show excellent progress on physical health. They also had got better immune system function [1, 4].