Authors : Chayanon Awikunprasert, Naruephon Vongjaturapat, Fuzhong Li and Wichian Sittiprapaporn
Abstract: World Health Organization has estimated that there will be an increasing number of deaths from cancer in the near future. Cancer has become one of the most discussed topics in medicine and science. In this study, researchers focus on the quality of life of cancer patients by using music and exercise therapies and to observe the difference between pre-test and post-test results with music and exercise treatments. The aim of the study is to examine the alternative therapies using of music and exercise programs to enhance the quality of life, using the hospice quality of life index-revised in cancer patients. Twenty one cancer patients were divided into four different groups; the control group followed their routine schedules; the music group received additional music therapy with a music leader; the exercise group participated in an exercise program under supervision of a professional trainer and a group who received a combination of music therapy and an exercise program on the same day. The results from both questionnaires, collected during 4th, 8th and 12th week, showed that the music and exercise group had the most significant improvement compared to the other three groups. This suggested that the combination of music and exercise has the most potential to increase the quality of life for the cancer patients. It can be concluded that the music and exercise treatment is a good model to improve both psychological and physiological conditions. The treatment can also be used in general clinics or hospitals as an alternative treatment for cancer patients.
Chayanon Awikunprasert, Naruephon Vongjaturapat, Fuzhong Li and Wichian Sittiprapaporn, 2012. Therapeutic Use of Music and Exercise Program on the Quality of Life in Thai Cancer Patients. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 7: 297-300.