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Animal-Assisted Interactions in Improving Quality of Life in Children with Advanced, Relapsed, or Refractory Cancer and Their Parents

This trial studies how well animal-assisted interactions work in improving quality of life in children with cancer that has spread extensively to other anatomic sites or is no longer responding to treatment, has come back, or does not respond to treatment, and their parents. Having animal-assisted therapy (AAT) visits on a routine basis with a trained animal-handler and his / her dog may help to make the cancer treatment process less stressful for children and their parents.
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Gilmer, Mary Jo
Vanderbilt University
Supportive Care


3 Years
Inclusion Criteria:

CHILDREN: Ages of 3-17 years

CHILDREN: Diagnosed with advanced cancer as defined by any stage of relapsed or refractory cancer in medical record

CHILDREN: Able to understand English or Spanish to complete consents and surveys

CAREGIVERS: Primary caregiver as determined by parent who brings child to > 50% of their clinic visits

CAREGIVERS: Able to understand English or Spanish to complete consents and surveys

Exclusion Criteria:

A reported fear of or allergies to canines or cognitive impairment

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