"Music has a healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a while."  – Elton John
CSF is proud to partner with THE COMMSION PRESENTS

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Numerous studies have discovered the healing power of music and its ability to renew and restore the spirit, so CSF is proud to announce that the CSF Music Program will generously offer complimentary concert tickets to cancer patients to some of the world’s most exciting musical stars. Proudly sponsored by The Commission Presents (TCP), this program will offer cancer patients an exhilarating night out and a welcome distraction from cancer.

TCP will not only provide complimentary tickets to CT cancer patients, it will also offer artists Meet & Greets for auction to raise additional funds for the CSF mission. This will expand our reach and create awareness by introducing a new audience to CSF and broadening support for our mission.

Cancer is one of the most painful and difficult experiences a person can endure. The grind of grueling medical treatments, coupled with the stress of the diagnosis, often results in patients and their families suffering from deep depression, fear, and loneliness. These negative feelings can not only dramatically impact quality of life, but also the patient’s ability to recover from their cancer.

Live music can create a mood of peace and relaxation, as well as give patients an opportunity to express feelings and emotions. But most of all, music is life-affirming, allowing us all to see a brighter future and a better day.

Cancer and Music

Although cancer can sometimes deplete the human spirit, music therapy can uplift and transform — bringing the mind, body, and soul into harmony. Until you or someone you love is battling cancer, you may not be able to understand the magnitude of the illness and how it can affect you emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The doctors' appointments, transfusions, infusions, blood counts, surgeries, and diagnostic procedures can literally take over your days, putting your "normal" life on hold.

A cancer diagnosis is one of the most feared and serious life events that causes stress in individuals and families. Cancer disrupts social, physical and emotional well-being and results in a range of negative emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, guilt, embarrassment and shame. Commonly experienced by cancer patients are also fear of death and disease recurrence, the problems related to long and short-term effects of treatment, changes in personal relationships and economic issues. A cancer experience has radical consequences and is an existential challenge to the patient and their family, as well as to the caring staff. The development of modern cancer care has brought openness to new trends of integration and holistic thinking. The idea that patients with cancer may benefit from musical expression and musical experiences has been supported by music therapy research. Music therapy not only helps patients cope with their negative emotions. It can also be used to benefit patients in a complex way as music is the most fundamental and unique form of art that affects people spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically. Live music can be used to create a mood of peace, relaxation, to improve the level of comfort, express feelings and emotions.

Ref.: Music therapy in supportive cancer care, Malgorzata Monika Stanczyk, Reports of Practical Oncology & Radiotherapy.