Lynn Schuchter, MD, Chief of Hematology, discusses the WXPN "Musicians On Call" Program at the Abramson Cancer Center

January 23, 2009

Penn Current

Lynn Schuchter, MD
, chief of the division of Hematology-Oncology, is quoted in a Penn Current story about the WXPN Musicians on Call program, which provides volunteer musicians to play at the bedside of Abramson Cancer Center patients. Studies have shown that music therapy for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses can play a role in stress reduction, pain relief, and help for treatment side effects like nausea. “I think it really unlocks entry into a lot of things that they’ve been thinking about,” Schuchter says. “It enhances their experience. Obviously, it’s something unexpected in a hospital that’s as big as this. And it allows them to often talk about things that maybe they had not been able to talk about. It helps with the healing process. It helps create a healing environment. It’s really remarkable.” Read More