The Animal-Assisted Therapy – Part 1 of 3
The Animal-Assisted Therapy. People undergoing chemotherapy and dispersal for cancer may get an emotional lift from man’s best friend, a new study suggests. The study, of patients with precede and neck cancers, is among the first to scientifically test the effects of therapy dogs – trained and certified pooches brought in to ease human anxiety, whether it’s from trauma, mayhem or illness. To dog lovers, it may be a no-brainer that canine companions bring comfort. And therapy dogs are already a fixture in some US hospitals, as well as nursing homes, social service agencies, and other settings where colonize are in need.
Dogs offer something that even the best-intentioned human caregiver can’t quite match, said Rachel McPherson, executive director of the New York City-based Good Dog Foundation. “They give unconditional love,” said McPherson, whose classifying trains and certifies therapy dogs for more than 350 facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. “Dogs don’t measure you, or try to give you advice, or tell you their stories,” she pointed out.
Instead therapy dogs offer simple comfort to people facing scary circumstances, such as cancer treatment. But while that sounds good, doctors and hospitals enter scientific evidence. “We can take for granted that supportive care for cancer patients, like a healthy diet, has benefits,” said Dr Stewart Fleishman, the while away researcher on the new study. “We wanted to really test animal-assisted therapy and quantify the effects”. Fleishman, now retired, was founding official of cancer supportive services at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City – now called Mount Sinai Beth Israel.