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Health & wellness

Chemo, radiation, and song

Music therapy is gaining acceptance as a way to help cancer patients feel better

A little more than five years ago, music therapist Brian Jantz began to see a shift at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, where he splits his time. Staff members, who previously would send him away when patients he was scheduled to see weren’t feeling well, started to call him with requests to visit people on their lowest days.

Nurses, doctors, psychologists, and other staff members had begun to realize what music therapists say they’ve known for decades, Jantz said: Music is more than just a fun distraction during a hospital stay. It can make people feel better.

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