Furry Friends Spread Smiles at Harbin Clinic Cancer Center

Harbin Clinic’s Tony E. Warren, M.D. Cancer Center has partnered with Compassionate Paws in Rome to connect individuals with lovable – and adorable! – dogs and cats to help boost morale during the treatment process for both patients and their families.

Pet therapy involves interacting with animals to help enhance the comfort and recovery of individuals battling cancer and other health problems. Compassionate Paws helps bring together local pets with people undergoing treatment in order to help increase happiness and optimism, reduce stress, and promote overall healing. Therapy animals are specially selected based on having a calm, friendly temperament, and they must be thoroughly cleaned and groomed before spending time with a patient or their loved ones.

Patient interaction with pets can have positive effects like reducing pain and anxiety, improving self-esteem, and decreasing depression. But the road to recovery can be difficult for concerned family members as well – and especially children. For kids, playing with a pet at Harbin Clinic’s Cancer Center can help create a positive association with the clinic setting where mom, dad, grandma, grandpa or another close family member is receiving treatment.

“Caring completely for cancer patients goes beyond treating them in a physical sense, which is why Harbin Clinic’s Cancer Center is committed to addressing the social and emotional concerns that come with a cancer diagnosis as well,” said Dr. Matthew Mumber, chairman of the Radiation Oncology practice at Harbin Clinic. “Using pet therapy and other complementary therapies allows us to deliver patient-centered care that is truly focused on healing the whole person and not just the cancer itself.”

For more information about Harbin Clinic’s cancer care services, call 762-235-3930. For more information about Compassionate Paws, call 706-295-2498.