The purpose of this study is to explore the effect of music imagery on patients receiving
intensive chemotherapy for acute leukemia or high-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Standard treatment for acute leukemia and high-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma includes
intensive chemotherapy that typically requires a 4-week hospital stay in protective
isolation. Patients treated in isolation units may experience elevated levels of
psychological distress. Both guided imagery and music therapy have been effective in
improving the moods of cancer patients, but studies have not been conducted in acute
leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients. This study will evaluate the effect of music
imagery on these patients.
Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to receive either standard care plus
music imagery or standard care alone. Participants assigned to the standard care plus music
imagery group will receive a 45-minute weekly music imagery session with a music therapist.
All participants will complete questionnaires and self-reports regarding their general
anxiety, affect, and fatigue.
- Admitted to Indiana University Hematologic Malignancy Program for the treatment of
newly diagnosed or recurrent acute leukemia or high-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Able to read and understand English