A Study Comparing Music Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Cancer Survivors


Full Title

Music Therapy vs. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Cancer-related Anxiety (MELODY)


Many cancer survivors suffer from anxiety. Anxiety may involve feelings of restlessness, muscle tension, and worry. Anxiety has also been linked to poor sleep, depressed mood, and tiredness. Researchers are doing this study to see how music therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy may be able to reduce anxiety and these other symptoms. Both music therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are routinely used to treat anxiety.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, and actions are all connected. It is a type of talk therapy (therapy focusing on conversations between a patient and healthcare provider) that helps a person change their thought patterns and behavior. Music therapy uses music to encourage healing and promote a sense of well-being. It can include listening to music to help relax and making music by singing or writing a song.

In this study, the music therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy sessions will be virtual, meaning that they will take place online rather than in person. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive one type of therapy or the other, but not both.

Who Can Join

To be eligible for this study, patients must meet several requirements, including:

  • Participants must have completed cancer treatment at least one month before entering the study. They must also be experiencing anxiety or worry lasting at least one month.
  • Patients must have no evidence of cancer.
  • Patients must speak English or Spanish.
  • This study is for people age 18 and older.

For more information about this study, please contact the Clinical Research Coordinator at 646-449-1028 or email [email protected]




Phase IV (phase 4)



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