Animal-Assisted Interactions for Relapsed Cancer

1 Prior Treatment
Waitlist Available · < 18 · All Sexes · Nashville, TN

This study is evaluating whether animal assisted interactions may help reduce stress and anxiety in children with a life-threatening condition and their parents.

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About the trial for Relapsed Cancer

Eligible Conditions
Relapsed Cancer · Cancer, Advanced · Refractory Cancer

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Animal-Assisted Interactions is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Animal-Assisted Interactions
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.
Animal-Assisted Interactions


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and younger. You must have received 1 prior treatment for Relapsed Cancer or one of the other 2 conditions listed above. There are 2 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Children 3-17 years old
Confirmed diagnosis of relapsed or refractory cancer
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: up to 3 months
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: up to 3 months
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: up to 3 months.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Animal-Assisted Interactions will improve 3 primary outcomes in patients with Relapsed Cancer. Measurement will happen over the course of up to 3 months.

Saliva samples to measure cortisol levels will be administered to children after animal-assisted interventions or after completion of measures in usual care group
Pediatric Quality of Life
The Peds Quality of Life measure will be administered to children and their parents (proxy) once a month
The state-trait anxiety inventory will be administered to children and their parents after each intervention or usual care visit

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
M. G.
Maryjo Gilmer, Sponsor Investigator
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What causes cancer, advanced?

This guideline provides clinicians, patient associations and cancer survivors with useful tools to support them in recognizing the key factors contributing to the development of cancer.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for cancer, advanced?

As with all chronic diseases and conditions, the trajectory of cancer depends on factors including genetics, environment, lifestyle, and health. Tumours develop and grow more quickly in people with poor immunity, as well as obesity, alcohol, smoking or other external factors. Cancer can be treated via surgery, medications, or radiotherapy. Lifestyle changes may slow tumor progression; however, the risk of relapse for a given type of treatment is the primary issue. Other problems include screening for cancer, the development of quality measures and the treatment effectiveness.\n\n- List of cancer treatment terms\n\n- Cancer.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of cancer, advanced?

The signs of advanced cancer are usually present prior to cancer diagnosis. Patients are usually screened for cancer. As previously mentioned, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with skin cancer responsible for 20% of cancer diagnosed in the US The most common cancers seen in patients are lung and colon cancer. Tumors are usually detected by a health provider which allows prompt diagnosis of a malignancy with the benefits which follow. The primary treatment of cancer is centered on whether or not surgery is needed. Treatment is also related to the cancer type and stage. Cancer treatments may include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and radiotherapy.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can cancer, advanced be cured?

There are many factors that can determine whether one can be cured of cancer; however, there has been little effort to find the key determinants of success. Those factors could enable us to identify those cases, and it may be possible to find some effective treatment with which to treat cancer. Unfortunately, however, the best therapy to use as a reference for cure is, perhaps unbeknownst to us, already being used as a treatment. The need to cure any given cancer is now at the forefront as one method to reach the goal of being able to treat everyone in the age group.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get cancer, advanced a year in the United States?

Approximately 350,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a cancer of the skin. Other cancers will be diagnosed in around 70,000 more, predominantly head and neck cancers, lung cancers and colorectal cancers. There is also significant variation in cancer rates between geographic and racial/ethnic groups.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is cancer, advanced?

Cancer is a deadly disease and can affect the body's vital organs; therefore, it is essential that all patients with cancer are monitored for potential symptoms and be aware of preventive health measures. Many patients with cancer have pain or swelling as signs of a cancer that has invaded other vital organs. Therefore, cancer pain and swelling often result from a wide variety of complications from cancer. The mainstay of management of cancer pain includes effective pain control; however, some patients cannot be adequately managed with optimal pain control. A multidisciplinary approach is crucial to managing cancer pain appropriately.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the primary cause of cancer, advanced?

Cancer is caused primarily by environmental and lifestyle factors, such as the lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, and exposure to toxic chemicals and other agents in our drinking water and smoking in our air. These trends are changing over time, due to advances in environmental and lifestyle prevention. There is currently nothing drug companies can do to prevent any environmental or lifestyle risk factor from happening. It is up to us to help our society change to make cancer the top priority in funding efforts to reverse the global cancer tide for the remainder of our lives.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Does animal-assisted interactions improve quality of life for those with cancer, advanced?

Participants in this pilot study reported better symptoms/functioning, satisfaction with care and less interference with family by oncology nurses with animal-assisted therapy. It is recommended that further study be conducted and that this intervention be further evaluated empirically.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the average age someone gets cancer, advanced?

Cancer, advanced is the most popular cancer disease in Denmark. The age at which cancer, advanced is diagnosed is still rising, which may affect treatment response and survival. Increasing screening is encouraged to detect tumors at a stage when they have the best chance of being completely cured, and consequently improves survival.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the common side effects of animal-assisted interactions?

Animal-assisted interactions can have a positive contribution to the therapeutic intervention for cancer patients. This research highlights ways that health professions practitioners may help individuals with cancer by incorporating animal-assisted interactions into their clinical practices.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How serious can cancer, advanced be?

While both medical and psychological distress are high among patients' living with advanced cancer, serious psychological consequences are rare, and are usually limited to those suffering the most extreme distress. Results from a recent clinical trial suggests caution when prescribing psychotropic drugs to patients to alleviate distress.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What does animal-assisted interactions usually treat?

The animal-assisted care model is a valuable form of caregiving for people with complex healthcare needs. Interdisciplinary groups including clinicians, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, nurses, and caregivers discuss a treatment plan with the patient, and the plan is executed by a multidisciplinary group of nursing staff. The patient receives a higher level of care during these therapeutic animal activities.

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