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Therapy animals used to help cancer patients, too!

I saved this article for a rainy day.  I understand most of the country is in a severe drought.  But here in Florida, Tampa area is getting hammered with daily thunder storms which drop an inch or more a day.

No real flooding issues now that Tropical Storm Debbie has left the scene.  But everything is lush and green, and ponds and lakes are as full as I’ve ever seen.  Wish we could spread it around to other areas that need it!  But as recently as three months ago, we were in a drought, too.

Anyway, check-out this interesting article from the summer edition of CURE Magazine:

Patient’s Best Friend: Therapy Animals Help Relieve Anxiety of Cancer

BY ELISE OBERLIESEN
PUBLISHED JUNE 12, 2012

When dealing with cancer treatments, even a momentary distraction can be a welcome relief. Enter therapy animals. With their unconditional love and focused attention, therapy animals can be of both physical and emotional benefit to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Using animals in therapeutic settings dates back to a 1792 Quaker establishment in England. And these programs are quite popular today, too. In 2011, Therapy Dogs International reported about 24,000 therapy dog-handler teams in the U.S. and Canada.

Because of their remarkable ability to soothe the soul, therapy animals are becoming more common in court rooms, schools and healthcare settings like New York-based Mount Sinai Medical Center—where dogs like Kerry brighten days for patients while making her rounds.

With her approach to life, this canine and her handler, Cathy Huber, help patients temporarily forget the anxiety and fear that often affect cancer patients.

When they arrive for a visit, they bring a moment of warmth and wonder to patients. Huber knows the importance of such moments: Her husband, Peter, died from kidney cancer earlier this year. Volunteering with Kerry helps her tremendously, she says.

Evidence shows that animals can help certain patients with chronic diseases and serious illnesses, such as cancer. A 2007 Italian study published in the journal Anticancer Research showed that patients experienced physiological and psychological improvements when therapy dogs were present during chemotherapy treatments. The patient group engaged in animal-assisted activities had increased blood oxygen levels and reported decreased depression…

There’s a lot more.  Go to:  Therapy Animals Help Relieve Anxiety of Cancer

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

 

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