Music therapy helps kids and adults tune out cancer

Teen and adult cancer patients can experience music therapy in social settings through Cancer Beats “jam sessions.”

For many people, listening to music is a way to tune out everyday noise. Music can relieve stress, increase energy levels and have a powerful effect on emotions. If listening to music can positively impact someone, then imagine what creating music can do for someone fighting a life-threatening disease, such as cancer.

September is Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month

The Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds exclusively for Norton Children’s Hospital and its sister facilities to provide equipment, new technologies, clinical research, child advocacy and health education for patients, families, medical staff and the community.

At Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, childhood cancer patients are learning to tune out cancer with music therapy. The Children’s Hospital Foundation and Teen Cancer America (founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who) support Cancer Beats, a program aimed at improving quality of life and outcomes for teens and young adults with cancer. It also supports those affected by cancer and facilitates access to the best possible age-appropriate care and support.

“If you do any type of behavioral therapy, you can improve survival,” said Joseph Flynn, D.O., MPH, physician-in-chief, Norton Cancer Institute. “Music therapy can actually help improve outcomes in young people.”

Teen and adult cancer patients alike can experience music therapy in social settings through Cancer Beats “jam sessions,” where community musicians help Cancer Beats members learn new skills and coping strategies, meet peers, gain support and be creative in a safe and controlled environment.

“These sessions provide a chance to live in the moment, shut out the worries of the day and create beautiful memories using music,” said Brett Northrup, music therapist, Norton Children’s Hospital.

Members of Cancer Beats performed at Chili’s Clip for Kids® on May 4, 2018, at Fourth Street Live!

“Music has helped me focus on something other than getting medicine all the time. It’s given me something positive to focus on,” said Noah Burrows, acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor.

Appointments 629-KIDS


(502) 629-KIDS (5437)

Related Stories

Norton Children’s Hospital attains national verification from the American College of Surgeons

Norton Children’s Hospital has been verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program. The verification means Norton Children’s Hospital meets standards that ensure […]

Read Full Story

Pediatric gynecologist lends expertise at spina bifida clinic

As a medical student, Kimberly S. Huhmann, M.D., was interested in both pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. It was during her residency that Dr. Huhmann started considering combining her interests as a pediatric and adolescent gynecology specialist. […]

Read Full Story

Norton Children’s Hospital opens newly renovated pediatric intensive care unit

Norton Healthcare cut the ribbon on its newly renovated Norton Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), marking the completion of a $78 million expansion and renovation project to improve critical care services for children […]

Read Full Story

Social gender affirmation may help lessen depression, anxiety in gender diverse children

Transgender children are more at risk for depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts than their non-transgender peers, according to researchers. Social transitioning, or social gender affirmation, is a way for children to express their […]

Read Full Story

Baby poop: What is normal and what’s not

Baby poop can be a source of concern for new and veteran parents. If you’ve spent time searching for information about specific colors or textures to understand if it’s normal or abnormal, this is for […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.