Music a crucial part of cancer recovery

By Erik M. Lunsford,

I wanted to point you to an excellent story by my friend and colleague Michele Munz,  who wrote on and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today about how therapists help young cancer patients by teaching them to write and record an original song. You’ll find this in the story:

Studies show that music therapy can reduce stress, anxiety and pain. While the research is lacking on whether such therapy improves medical outcomes, doctors can see the power among their patients.

“Emotional and spiritual healing contributes to physical healing,” said Dr. Karen Gauvain, pediatric oncologist at Cardinal Glennon. “Music therapy is creative way for our patients to express their thoughts and feelings and allow for healing of the whole person.”

Also, don’t miss the audio slideshow by photographer Erik M. Lunsford that accompanies the story.

Just a post script: Michele was the star choreographer, dancer and “evil boss” in my recent music video for “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song.)”


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