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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



animal-assisted therapy  listen  (A-nih-mul-uh-SIS-ted THAYR-uh-pee)

  A type of therapy that uses dogs or other pets to improve the physical and mental health of patients with certain acute or chronic diseases. It is being studied as a way to relieve distress in cancer patients undergoing treatment for pain. Also called pet-facilitated therapy.