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Singing modulates mood, stress, cortisol, cytokine and neuropeptide activity in cancer pat

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical.

There is growing evidence that psychosocial interventions can have psychological benefits for people affected by cancer, including improved symptoms of mental health and wellbeing and optimised immune responses...

... This study provides preliminary evidence that singing improves mood state and modulates components of the immune system. Further work is needed to ascertain how this differs for more specific patient groups and whether repeat exposure could lead to meaningful, longitudinal effects...

Singing modulates mood, stress, cortisol, cytokine and neuropeptide activity in cancer patients and carers. ecancermedicalscience - The open access journal from the European Institute of Oncology and the OCEI

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

I believe it.

I've found singing to really work when I have something distasteful to do (like all my computer research re Medicare & insurances and getting required info for 2014 income taxes). I put on the Music Channel, the country classics, and just mindlessly just sing my little old heart out.

I feel more relaxed and the task seems to just move along without too much consternation on my part.

I hate housecleaning, but it goes so much better when I sing to my oldie but goodies albums from the 50's & 60's (Jackie Wilson, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Lee Andrews & the Hearts, Jerry Lee and Little Richard et al). I just feel sooooo good when I blast them!!!

Really! I think my BP relaxes - I could monitor that. Might be an interesting project.

I wonder what music will work best for kitchen cooking and cleanup?

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical.

When we were kids our Mom played Broadway musicals "South Pacific" and "OKLAHOMA!" while we cleaned house. I cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, sister dusted. When we finished we took off our clothes and put them in the washer. Then we took a bath. I cleaned the bath tub naked and then put on clean pajamas.

Then we made root beer floats and turned on the TV. It was fun!

Now I go to a monthly hoot where we all sing together. No matter how tired I am it makes me feel great.

I love when the congregation sings in church.

Over the years I've occasionally sung with a patient. They were special times.

I think that study got it right.

I believe it.

I've found singing to really work when I have something distasteful to do (like all my computer research re Medicare & insurances and getting required info for 2014 income taxes). I put on the Music Channel, the country classics, and just mindlessly just sing my little old heart out.

I feel more relaxed and the task seems to just move along without too much consternation on my part.

I hate housecleaning, but it goes so much better when I sing to my oldie but goodies albums from the 50's & 60's (Jackie Wilson, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Lee Andrews & the Hearts, Jerry Lee and Little Richard et al). I just feel sooooo good when I blast them!!!

Really! I think my BP relaxes - I could monitor that. Might be an interesting project.

I wonder what music will work best for kitchen cooking and cleanup?

Metallica!

Maevish, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Postpartum, Onc, PACU.

I was a music major before I went into nursing and I've been able to use music several times to even keep pts out of restraints in ICU. Music is life for me and it really does help others too, if they're so inclined.

xo

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