Role of pets in treatment and recovery?

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Question from suited: Although my friends and family were wonderful help during my treatment and recovery, much of my emotional support came from our dog and cats (never impatient or judgmental, always ready to make me laugh, or just be there when I needed to cry). Will you talk a bit about the role of pets? Thanks.
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. Much research has been done on the benefits of pet therapy because they provide exactly what you are talking about: unconditional love, acceptance, and care. For that reason, nursing homes, hospitals, and cancer centers have pet therapy programs. There's a pet therapy program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, and one will begin at some point in the future at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Partners, Loved Ones, Caregivers: Taking Care of You featured Author Marc Silver and moderator Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. answering your questions about how you can take care of your loved one and yourself during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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