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Impact of Perioperative Music on Quality of Life Measures and Biomarker Levels in Breast Cancer Patients

Music therapy could improve post-operative quality of life measures and these improvements may correlate with decreased salivary levels of biomarkers that when elevated, traditionally indicate stress, depression, sleep deprivation, and poorer outcomes. This study aims to determine both if music affects molecular mechanisms through measurement of clinical biomarkers as well as if there is an association with significant quality of life measures
Kristine Widders at or 717-531-8815
18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
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Inclusion Criteria:
Diagnosis of stage 0 to stage
breast cancer as classified by the American Joint Committee on Cancer
Undergoing a mastectomy or lumpectomy at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Exclusion Criteria:
Difficulties hearing that prevent one from listening to music
Serious oral health or dental conditions
Patient who have undergone pre-operative chemotherapy or pre-operatively radiation therapy
Should not be taking supplements of melatonin or be taking corticosteroids
History of liver cancer, liver disease, or cirrhosis
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Hershey, PA