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Music 'may help cancer sufferers'

A new study has found that listening to music could prove to be beneficial for cancer patients, helping them to relieve anxiety and pain.

A new Cochrane Library systematic review shows using music can have positive effects on mood, pain, and general quality of life of cancer sufferers.

For the study, researchers reviewed evidence from nearly 2,000 patients who participated in 30 trials.

Some of the patients were made to undergo controlled experience sessions with trained music therapists, while some had to listen to simple pre-recorded music.

Researchers have claimed that some trials reported much bigger benefits than others.

Although music proved to be more beneficial than standard treatments to reduce clinical anxiety among patients, it seemed to have no impact on depression.

Lead researcher Dr Joke Bradt, from Drexel University in Philadelphia, said: "The evidence suggests that music interventions may be useful as a complementary treatment to people with cancer."

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