Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a pretty bleak time and any help will be appreciated. That help can come in the form of a pet - and the (usually) relentless positivity and enthusiasm of a dog is one of the best – as this week’s lead story suggests.
The second story outlines some of the areas that a recovering survivor may need help with.
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Dad launches ‘Crimewatch’ appeal for dog that saved his life from cancer
(U.K.) Kemo was bought as a puppy by Olly Hall’s wife to help lift his spirits after cancer treatment
A father has launched a Crimewatch-style appeal to find the missing dog that helped him beat cancer. Olly Hall, 61, has even enlisted the help of a pet detective to try and find Kemo, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who went missing on February 8.
Olly’s wife, Deborah, 54, had bought her husband the dog as a gift a couple of years ago to lift his spirits during gruelling rounds of chemotherapy for throat cancer. Olly, a lorry driver from Bedford, who is now in remission, credits his pet with helping to save to his life.
‘We were so low after the cancer diagnosis and Kemo was just a bundle of joy. He really lifted our spirits and was a great distraction for Olly. says Deborah.
‘We have four children and two grandchildren, everyone loves him and he is absolutely one of the family.’ After several weeks of searching for the two-year-old staffy the family have now enlisted the help of former policeman and real-life pet detective who is spearheading a nationwide campaign called Finding Kemo.
Cancer recovery and rehabilitation available after treatment
(U.S.) If you or someone you love have been through cancer treatments and now have problems you didn’t have before your diagnosis, there is help available.
Cancer recovery and rehabilitation is designed to help cancer patients overcome the side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.
The program helps cancer patients/survivors in the following ways:
- Empower and give back a sense of control.
- Reduce anxiety and common fears.
- Provide the knowledge/tools/exercises to help with physical impairments such as neuropathy, pain, difficulty swallowing, weakness/fatigue, distress, lymphedema.
- Ability to return to independent living.
- Provide a better quality of life.
Services available through the cancer recovery and rehabilitation programs include:
- Physical Therapy
- Increase energy and endurance.
- Alleviate/manage pain.
- Increase strength/decrease weakness.
- Increase balance/decrease falls.
- Treat lymphedema.
- Treat sensory problems/neuropathy.
- Improve range of motion.
- Improve shoulder range of motion.
- Alleviate/manage shoulder and upper arm pain.
- Improve ability to perform activities of daily living (dressing/bathing/driving, etc.).
- Improve speech and swallowing.
- Improve cognitive skills (memory, problem solving for activities of daily living skills).
- Improve nutrition for overall health.
- Diet recommendations for changes in taste due to treatments.
Mental Health Counseling
- Reduce anxiety and depression.
- Restore a sense of control.
- Increase coping skills.
- Improve overall health.
- Reduce probability of cancer reoccurrence.
Every cancer survivor, whether he/she is currently in treatment, in remission or living with cancer, should be given the chance to heal as much as possible and live life to its highest potential.