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Manhattan Hospital Uses Music Therapy To Help Cancer Patients Relieve Stress

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Published on Oct 12, 2017

A hospital in Manhattan is using music therapy to help cancer patients stay positive and relaxed before and during treatment.

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Detected Closed Captioning: A HOSPITAL HERE IN MANHATTAN IS USING MUSIC THERAPY TO HELP PATIENTS DEAL WITH STRESS. MEG OLIVER REPORTS. FOCUS ON THE SOUND OF THE INSTRUMENT FOR A BIT. CLOSE YOUR EYES. Reporter: AFTER A FRIGHTENING BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS AT 43, JULIE WAS OVERWHELMED AND SUFFERED FROM INSOMNIA. SHE TURNED TO MUSIC THERAPY FOR RELIEF. WITH A YOUNG DAUGHTER AT HOME, THE FEAR OF NOT SURVIVING WAS DEBILITATING. HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO RELAX WHILE I WAS HAVING THE MUSIC THERAPY, AND ALSO TO REMEMBER THOSE TECHNIQUES WHEN I WAS HOME. Reporter: HOW STRESSFUL IS IT FOR PATIENTS WHEN THEY COME IN THIS RADIATION ROOM? FOR MANY, VERY STRESSFUL. Reporter: IN THE FIRST STUDY OF ITS KIND IN A HARD SCIENCE JANELLE BURRELL, MUSIC COORDINATOR ANDREW — JOURNAL, MUSIC COORDINATOR ANDREW ROSE PERSONALIZED A PLAYLIST FOR EACH PATIENT. THEY FOUND IT WORKED SO WELL, PATIENTS SAW STRESS AND ANXIETY DROP BY AT LEAST 20%. TODAY JULIA IS CANCER FREE, BUT CONTINUES THE THERAPY ONCE A WEEK FOR RELAXATION. IT HELPED ME SO MUCH, THROUGH ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS IN MY LIFE, THAT NOW IT IS HELPING ME WITH OTHER IMPORTANT ASPECTS AND THINGS THAT I WANTED TO DO. Reporter: STAYING HEALTHY IS

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