How singing in a choir may help boost immune systems of cancer patients

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Published: 5 Apr 2016
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Prof Gordon McVie, Dr Ian Lewis, Angela Davies, Tenovus Cancer Care

Singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health, according to a new study published in ecancermedicalscience.

Researchers have found that singing in a choir modulated mood, stress, cortisol, cytokine and neuropeptide activity in cancer patients and their carers.

The study was a joint effort between Tenovus Cancer Care and the The Centre for Performance Sciences, which is a partnership between the Royal College of Music, London and Imperial College London.

Prof Gordon McVie of ecancermedicalscience and Dr Ian Lewis of Tenovus Cancer Care explain the science behind the study; cancer survivor Angela Davies explains her experiences in the Tenovus choir; and the choir puts in an appearance as well.

Read the original research article for free here.

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