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The Power of Story and Song: A Commentary on “Clouds of Oxygen”

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by Andrea Ferrari, MD, Pediatric Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Via G. Venezian, 1-20133 Milan, Italy

The paper “Clouds of Oxygen: adolescents with cancer tell their story in music”, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, tells a great story. With the words of teenagers, the paper talks about a project in which teenagers with cancer teamed up with a well-known rock band and created a song that gave them a chance to tell their story in music.

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Music as a Living Legacy: Song-writing in oncology

musicandcreativetherapyby SarahRose Black, MMT, MTA

 

“Music is what life sounds like.” – Eric Olson

When I first introduce the idea of song-writing to patients and their families, the most common response I receive is “I don’t know how to write music”. I am always delighted when patients exceed their own expectations and create a remarkable living legacy.

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