Can drumming help fight cancer? It may sound like a silly question, but research shows that making music relieves stress, improves self-esteem and enhances the immune system. And regardless of whether drumming can fight cancer, it’s still pretty fun. That’s why SIU School of Medicine in Springfield is offering “Drumming for Health,” a free four-week class that teaches cancer patients to drum their cares away while raising their general level of well-being. “Group drumming and recreational music making has been proven to be an excellent tool for use in the health care field,” said Dennis Maberry, a percussionist from Springfield who will lead the sessions. “Landmark studies with cancer patients conducted by Dr. Barry Bittman demonstrated that group drumming causes a significant increase in disease-fighting cells.” The program is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at SIU’s Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St. All cancer patients are welcome, regardless of where they are being treated. To register, call 545-0798. For more information on Maberry’s drumming programs, visit www.rhythmspirit.com.