Cyber Alert: Video Game for Cancer Patients

By: Morgan Fiedler Email
By: Morgan Fiedler Email

Dan Newman is a 17-year-old survivor of Leukemia. And he credits his video game, just as much as his medicine, for helping him beat the disease.

"It taught me more about what I was going through and helped me be more involved in my recovery"

It's called "Re-Mission". A video game designed to give young cancer patients a sense of power and control over their disease. The video game lets patients take a 3-D journey through the body of fictional patients with different types of cancer. Players control a character named Roxy. To win each level, we have to kill cancer cells, battle bacterial infections and manage side effects. But the game is more than just for fun. Steve Cole of HopeLab says It's also an effective tool for patients to win the fight over their illness.

"What we've found in the study is that kids that played re-mission showed increase knowledge about cancer, a stronger sense of power and control over their disease and stronger adherence to their prescribed chemotherapy and antibiotic treatments"

Re-Mission was created by HopeLabs for cancer patients like Dan, and is being distributed by Cigna Healthcare by many doctors and hospitals.
Another way to get the game is by ordering it on line at Cigna's website: www.Cigna.com/re-mission


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