The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Benefits of music therapy in children with cancer

    Researchers from no fewer than 11 centers in the US report that music therapy helps with coping-related behaviors in hospitalized children receiving cancer treatment.

    First, the details.

    • 83 children, ages 4-7, were randomly assigned to one of 3 conditions.
      • Active music engagement
      • Music listening
      • Audio storybooks
    • 3 coping-related behaviors (ie, positive facial affect, active engagement, and initiation) were measured.

    And, the results.

    • Active music engagement was associated with significantly higher frequency of coping-related behaviors compared to music listening and audio storybooks.
    • Positive facial affect and active music engagement were also significantly better in the group receiving active music engagement.
    • Initiation was significantly higher during active music engagement compared to audio storybooks.

    The bottom line?
    The real comparison here is between active vs passive engagement of the children in a structured activity.

    In another successful study discussed on the American Cancer Society website, children had live, interactive music therapy brought to them by a trained music therapist.

    Older children and teens were drawn in by camp songs, singing, songwriting, listening to pre-recorded music of their choice, and improvising with the instruments. Infants and children who did not feel well enough to participate were often helped to sleep or comforted by lullabies.

    2/22/08 20:28 JR

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