This therapy uses music to improve quality of life by helping people communicate. You don’t need to be able to play an instrument or read music.
Music therapy can be carried out individually or as part of a group.
During the session, you work with a range of easy-to-use instruments to help show your feelings. The aim is to help people who may find it difficult to talk about their feelings to express themselves.
Music therapy has also been shown to help relieve symptoms such as pain. Some studies found that people using music therapy were able to use lower doses of painkillers to control their pain.
Music therapy is not widely available for cancer patients on the NHS. We have details of how to find a music therapist near you.