Eva between anxiety and hope: integrating anthroposophic music therapy in supportive oncology careEran Ben-Arye,Yotam Ben-Arye, Yael Barak
Music therapy is a significant modality in
the treatment of patients with cancer, who suffer
emotional and spiritual distress as well as
chemotherapy side effects that impair their
quality of life. In this article, we present a case
study of a patient challenged with recurrent
ovarian cancer who received, concomitant
with chemotherapy, a special form of music
therapy based on anthroposophic medicine
(AM) aimed at alleviating anxiety and improving
her general well-being. AM-centered music
therapy goals are discussed in regard to two
modes of treatment: receptive listening and
clinical composition. Next, these two treatment
modes are discussed in a broader context
by reviewing conventional music therapy interventions
during chemotherapy on two axes: a.
standardized vs. individualized treatment; b.
patient’s involvement on a passive to active
continuum. In conclusion, psycho-oncology
care can be enriched by adding anthroposophic
medicine-oriented music therapy integrated
within patients’ supportive care.