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Therapy Dogs in Cancer Care: A Valuable Complementary Treatment
     

Therapy Dogs in Cancer Care: A Valuable Complementary Treatment

by Dawn A. Marcus
 
Dogs that visit patients with cancer have been convincingly shown to reduce stress, loneliness, and mood disturbance that may complicate cancer care. In addition, dogs may provide important motivation for patients to maintain rehabilitation programs that have been shown to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer survival. Outlining all of these issues and many more,

Overview

Dogs that visit patients with cancer have been convincingly shown to reduce stress, loneliness, and mood disturbance that may complicate cancer care. In addition, dogs may provide important motivation for patients to maintain rehabilitation programs that have been shown to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer survival. Outlining all of these issues and many more, Therapy Dogs in Cancer Care: A Valuable Complementary Treatment is a ground-breaking, highly innovative addition to the literature on cancer care. Detailing a comprehensive summary of truly impressive research demonstrating the ability of dogs to serve an important therapeutic role within the cancer arena and in other serious medical conditions, the text provides highly practical advice and very helpful “tips” to ensure that those who wish to employ dogs to assist the cancer patient have the necessary knowledge and “tools” to optimize outcomes.Authored by Dawn A. Marcus, MD, an expert in both pain management and health improvement through human and dog interaction, Therapy Dogs in Cancer Care: A Valuable Complementary Treatment is an extremely well-organized, well-researched, and highly readable book. Providing practical suggestions to effectively incorporate dogs into cancer care, with detailed instructions about requirements for therapy dogs to ensure visits are safe and limit unwanted spread of infection, Therapy Dogs in Cancer Care: A Valuable Complementary Treatment is an invaluable reference that will inform and delight both the clinician desiring a “how-to” text as well as the casual reader.

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Reviewer: Julia D Grimes, B.A., MLS (University of New Mexico Children's Hospital)
Description: This is an excellent resource on the use of therapy dogs as complementary treatment for cancer patients of all ages. Research detailed in this book shows when dogs are used as part of a therapeutic regimen, there are both physiological and psychological benefits to the patient.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide detailed descriptions of the possible roles for therapy dogs for patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families. The benefits of using dog therapy as a complementary treatment are described in detail, using current research outcome summaries and graphs.
Audience: The book is intended for a wide audience — physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, patients and their family members, physical therapists, and other caregivers. This book would be beneficial for those involved in the care of patients with any serious disease modality. The author is both a physician and a dog therapist.
Features: After a comprehensive overview of the psychosocial and other complex issues that may occur during a patient's journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, there is an in-depth discussion of the use of therapy dogs, along with details on how to initiate and run a safe therapy dog program. Each chapter begins with a summary of key points and key subject words, and numerous case studies throughout further illustrate the main themes. The book presents an extensive dog-themed exercise program using color photos and descriptions of the exercises and their benefits. There is also a chapter with further resources.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource on dog therapy. With its summaries of the extensive research, the case study discussions, and the photographs of dog-themed exercises, this book should be part of the toolkit for physicians caring not only for cancer patients, but also for any patients with serious medical or psychological conditions. The importance of using dog therapy as a complementary treatment should not be underestimated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461433774
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
05/07/2012
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.02(d)

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Dawn A. Marcus, MD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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