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Dog Therapy with Cancer Treatment

  • Dawn A. Marcus
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Key Chapter Points

  • Therapy dog visits can improve physical and psychosocial factors in ­cancer patients.

  • Both pediatric and adult cancer patients can benefit from complementary therapy dog visits.

  • Cancer patients and the parents of children being treated for cancer usually consider therapy dog interventions to be treatment.

  • Therapy dog benefits have been reported in patients undergoing diagnostic testing and during inpatient cancer care, chemotherapy, and end-of-life care.

Keywords

Chemotherapy Compassion fatigue End-of-life Grief counseling Hospice Inpatient Radiation Secondary survivors Staff 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn A. Marcus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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