The game helps educate patients about their disease at the same time..good thinking and innovation...BD
ORANGE, Calif. - Chase Crawford furiously clicks a laptop mouse, firing chemo at an onslaught of cancer cells inside the animated lymph node of a virtual teenager. The 17-year-old leukemia patient, wearing a knit cap and blue pajama bottoms, was among the first to try a new video game called Re-Mission at Children's Hospital of Orange County, Calif. The game, designed by animators, video-game makers, cell biologists and teen boys with cancer, features a buxom nanorobot named Roxxi. In the hands of young cancer patients, she zooms through "the world's smallest battlefield" with her chemo blaster and radiation gun.
It was created to teach patients about their disease, provide an outlet for frustration and encourage them to follow treatment. And the developer of the game, the nonprofit HopeLab in Redwood City, Calif., has proven results. The Northern California group conducted a study using the game at hospitals in three countries. Nearly 375 teen cancer patients were tracked as they played either an Indiana Jones game or Re-Mission.
The teens who played Re-Mission understood cancer better and took their medication more faithfully.