The Power of Music

Published: 23 Apr 2019

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‘Music therapy’, as it’s referred to by professionals, is regularly used within medical environments, including chemotherapy wards and treatment centres.  You’ve possibly heard it yourself when visiting your care team – in the waiting areas, or treatment rooms and its even used in operating theatres.

Listening to music can have many positive benefits, both on your state of mind but also to your physical wellbeing. It can help build motivation, determination, resilience, and aid your ability to cope. It can also help you relax, reduce anxiety, help to regulate blood pressure and respiration rates and reduce overall stress.  

You may need to spend many long, boring and sometimes anxious hours having chemo treatment in a hospital or medical centre.  During these long hours you may want something to take your mind off the treatment and any potential side effects. Music may well provide the answer to keep you calm positive, relaxed and a welcome distraction.

The brilliant thing is you can listen to music anywhere; at home, in the car, in the park, on public transport or just walking along the street.  Dependant on where you are you can crank up the volume … or simply slip on the headphones, make yourself comfortable and allow your favorite songs to transport you to another world.  Listen to something uplifting and motivational, or soulful and relaxing – whatever it takes to recentre your mind and get you back on track.  If you’re in recovery and have no energy, music can help you relax, sleep and calm your body and soul.

It’s a very powerful tool that at your fingertips, anytime you want.

“Music has always helped me get through life’s ups and downs. And when I was diagnosed with cancer, music gave me the strength I needed to fight”. Ashley Johnston is a breast cancer survivor who recently celebrated her 3rd year of survivorship.  She now councils newly diagnosed patients for the Roswell and American Cancer Society.

She explains that she turned to music as a way of coping. “The lyrics of each songs became my anthem and motto to keep pushing forward. With each powerful ballad, I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Each song, different from the next, helped me identify my feelings and pumped me up to get through each treatment”.

Create your own ‘musical therapy’ experience

We asked our Penguin Cold Caps customers what songs have inspired them on their own cancer journey.  From their replies we’ve started to build a Penguin Cold Caps playlist on Spotify.  Some of the tunes are motivational, some are reflective, some are anthems to shout out and take a swipe at cancer… others are just old and new favorites!  So, feel free to download and use this as the starting point for your own personal playlist.

Not on Spotify? Don’t worry – you can download the Spotify app for free using your smartphone or tablet and, as long as you have Wi-Fi, can listen for free. Go to to find out more.

If your treatment centre doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you will need to download the playlist first and that does require you to sign up to a subscription. Try it out Spotify for free at home before you buy to make sure you like it.  Or if you’re already using another music streaming service, check out some of these tunes suggested by Penguin Cold Cap customers. 

Click here to download the Penguin Cold Caps playlist:

1.    Babylon, David Gray
2.    I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
3.    Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
4.    I’m Every Woman, Chaka Khan
5.    I Didn’t Know My Own Strength, Whitney Houston
6.    Shake it Out, Florence & The Machine
7.    Riser, Dierks Bentley
8.    This is Me, Keala Settle
9.    Beautiful, Christina Aguilera
10.    Dream On, Aerosmith
11.    I Won’t Back Down, Tom Petty
12.    Titanium, David Guetta
13.    Fly, Nicki Minaj
14.    Hurt, Johnny Cash
15.    Fighter, Christina Aguilera
16.    Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
17.    What a Wonderful Life, Louis Armstrong
18.    Count on Me, Bruno Mars
19.    My Best Friend, Tim McGraw
20.    Talking to the Moon, Bruno Mars
21.    Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys
22.    I Am Not My Hair, India.Arie
23.    Scar, Carly Simon
24.    I’m Not Dead, Pink
25.    Three Little Birds, Bob Marley
26.    Fix You, Coldplay 
27.    Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles
28.    On Top of The World, Imagine Dragons
29.    I Gotta Feeling, The Black Eyed Peas
30.    She’s a Star,
31.    Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield
32.    Roar, Kary Perry
33.    Run the World, Beyoncé
34.    Survivor, Destiny’s Child
35.    Brave, Sara Bareilles

If you have any songs you think we should add, join the Chemotherapy Support Group on Facebook and share your suggestions with the group.  We’ll add the best ones to the Penguin Cold Caps playlist for everyone to enjoy. 

The Penguin Cold Cap System 

Penguin Cold Caps is the original inventor of cold cap therapy: the drug-free, non-invasive easy and efficient method of stopping chemotherapy induced hair loss. 

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