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Singing Boosts the Immune System of Cancer Patients!

posted Apr 29, 2016, 7:52 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 7:54 AM ]
Are you coping with cancer, either as a patient or a caregiver? If so, you’re probably under a lot of emotional stress — a state that has been shown to weaken the immune system, which is the last thing you want. You may be inclined to stay home and nurse your troubles in private. But newly published research points to a far better choice: Head out to choir practice!

Singing in a choir boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves your mood, according to a new study published last week by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music. This research finds that choir rehearsals helps put cancer patients in the best possible position to receive treatment and maintain remission.

CNN reports “Choir members gave samples of their saliva before an hour of singing, and then again just after. The samples were analyzed to see what changes occurred in a number of hormones, immune proteins, neuropeptides and receptors. Results showed that singing was associated with significant reductions in stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increases in quantities of cytokines - proteins of the immune system - which boosts the body's ability to fight serious illness.”

Obviously, more research will be needed to confirm these early findings. However, there is no harm in singing, so why not try it? And if you don’t believe this, ask some of our choir members…