Going through chemotherapy, waiting for an update on your disease’s progress or simply living with cancer can all be incredibly stressful for cancer patients and their support networks. In an effort to help brighten oncology visits, Summit Medical Group Foundation partnered with Creature Comforts to bring four-legged friends in, adding smiles along the way.
Creature Comforts’ goal is to provide a network of caring volunteers dedicated to sharing their pet’s love by visiting people in need of comfort or therapy. They have 160 certified pet therapy teams, including dogs, rabbits, a cat, a potbelly pig and even a mini horse!
“Watching someone in pain smile when they see the therapy dog enter the room is priceless,” explained Dr. Michael Wax, SMG Oncologist. “Anyone dealing with cancer deserves all the extra care and comfort we can give them.”
Studies have shown that interactions with therapy animals have incredible benefits such as lowered blood pressure, reduced pain, decreased anxiety and more. Every two weeks, Creature Comforts has been bringing therapy teams into the SMG Berkeley Heights Center to interact with cancer patients. The therapy teams mingle with patients undergoing chemotherapy infusions and sniff out additional waiting areas throughout the center.