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Healthcare 2016, 4(3), 53; doi:10.3390/healthcare4030053

The Development of a Mindfulness-Based Music Therapy (MBMT) Program for Women Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Frost School of Music, University of Miami, 5499 San Amaro Drive, N306, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA
Academic Editors: Joanne Reid and Helen Noble
Received: 16 June 2016 / Revised: 21 July 2016 / Accepted: 28 July 2016 / Published: 9 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Holistic Needs of Those Living with and beyond Breast Cancer)
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Problems with attention and symptom distress are common clinical features reported by women who receive adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Mindfulness practice significantly improves attention and mindfulness programs significantly reduce symptom distress in patients with cancer, and, more specifically, in women with breast cancer. Recently, a pilot investigation of a music therapy program, built on core attitudes of mindfulness practice, reported significant benefits of enhanced attention and decreased negative mood and fatigue in women with breast cancer. This paper delineates the design and development of the mindfulness-based music therapy (MBMT) program implemented in that pilot study and includes clients’ narrative journal responses. Conclusions and recommendations, including recommendation for further exploration of the function of music in mindfulness practice are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: music; music therapy; mindfulness; breast cancer; attention; mood music; music therapy; mindfulness; breast cancer; attention; mood
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Lesiuk, T. The Development of a Mindfulness-Based Music Therapy (MBMT) Program for Women Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Healthcare 2016, 4, 53.

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