Music Therapy - A Calming Alternative in Mesothelioma Cancer Treatment



A mesothelioma cancer diagnosis is beyond doubt terrible and the first course of action a patient and his/her loved ones take is to seek immediate medical treatment and diagnosis. Traditional therapies may include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, but they are not the optimum choice. Mesothelioma cancertreatments can be complemented with other alternative healing options and it is seen that many individuals find solace by doing so and increased longevity. 

Some alternative options open to mesothelioma cancer patients
  • Music therapy
  • Aroma therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Dance therapy  
  • Chiropractic care
  • Light therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Meditation
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal and Nutritional supplements
  • Osteopathy and Reflexology
  • Yoga and other personal fitness programs
  • Reiki
Of the many above mentioned alternative healing options, music therapy is considered as medicine to heal both the soul and body. Studies have found that music has power to reduce acute and chronic pain and is hence imbibed as a part of palliative care in case of the terminally ill patients. Music Therapy is considered as a viable alternative option in anyone's mesothelioma cancer treatment program.

Therapeutic professionals have also recognized the benefits of music therapy for patients suffering from medical issues including those suffering from mesothelioma cancer and music activity has shown to improve a patient’s condition even at least for a brief period. Such instances can be extremely valuable for patients battling terminal diseases.

Music therapy when added as an alternative option for mesothelioma cancer cure can be performed under different settings and in a variety of ways. It may be administered by a certified music professional, by a medical professional, or can even be self-administered at home. Certified music therapists trained to perform especially in healthcare settings have the knowledge of what, how and when to administer music therapy to the terminally sick patients. Usually the larger cancer facility centers have such music therapists working as a part of their multi disciplinary professional teams.

A fact is that there is no need for a mesothelioma cancer patient to be highly musical in order to take advantage of music therapy. This art form needs just an open mind and some willingness to try some alternative to relieve the side effects associated with mesothelioma cancer treatment.

Music therapy can simply involve:
  • Listening to music of one’s choice
  • Writing or singing songs that express one’s feelings
  • playing musical instruments
  • Discussing music knowledge
Thus, music therapy can either be active or passive and can be administered to patients who are deemed as highly ailing. Research has shown that the terminally ill patients suffering from solid tumors, lymphoma and leukemia and who received music therapy reported a marked decrease in nausea and pain than those who did not.

Even the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association) also encourages taking advantage of music therapy to elevate the mood, counteract depression, calm, induce sleep, counteract fear, and lessen muscle tension to bring about relaxation in case of cancer patients. Studies point out that with an aim to reduce high blood pressure, some patients take advantage of music therapy sessions and have also reported to sense an overall feeling of well-being. Such patients have also often exhibited a reduced need for anti-depressants or pain medication. Music Therapy can alleviate pain in mesothelioma cancer.

Treatment option for mesothelioma cancer patients does not end here; there is yet another line of treatment in form of natural remedies. It is found that many patients find relief by including these natural remedies. Natural Remedies may include herbs, acupuncture and even faith healing. To Learn more read: Alternative and Natural Treatments for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients.