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Music Therapy Strikes a Chord with Cancer Patients
2005-7-13 11:24:14     
This week on China Horizons, we talk to a remarkable woman who has devoted her life to educating the Kazak minority in northwest china's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region...
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This week on China Horizons, we talk to a remarkable woman who has devoted her life to educating the Kazak minority in northwest china's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, we look at how music is helping many cancer patients cope with their disease and in "on the Road", we visit the beautiful city of Yangshuo.

Nobody would deny the role of music in our lives. Music therapy, which involves using music to accomplish therapeutic goals such as reducing pain, has often had dramatic results, including, helping cancer patients cope better with their condition. So let's join our reporter Sheng Ting to the eastern city of Wuxi and meet a group of cancer patients who have re-gained the courage of life through music.

Whether it's a sunny or rainy day, a group of happy singers always gather in Wuxi's Xihui () Park. All of the two-dozen senior citizens of the singing group are cancer patients, but that's impossible to tell from their happy voices and smiling faces.

Sixty-two year old You Lifen () is one of the major organizers of the amateur singing group. This out-going woman used to work with the Workers' Union of a chemical factory in Wuxi. Fourteen years ago, bladder cancer almost took her life. After a major operation, You Lifen's live was saved, but she still has to undergo regular chemotherapy.

"We have been singing together for more than two years, we aim to create a happy place for the cancer patients. We hope that by singing together, we can convey a happy atmosphere and give fellow patients confidence and support."
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