One California children's hospital is helping patients stricken with cancer cope with chemotherapy treatment via virtual reality.
The Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's hospital in Orange, CA is offering a way to let kids receiving intravenous chemotherapy treatment escape the reality of cancer and its corresponding treatment by placing them in an "infusionarium" room.
When the children are placed in this infusionarium room, they are able to escape the reality of cancer treatment by diverting their attention to a video game or a movie on a large virtual screen -- a hybrid of an aquarium-like setting and an infusion room.
The infusionarium room helps children think about something other than chemotherapy treatments -- their mind is elsewhere during the infusion, while they relax in this interactive, fun environment. The goal is to minimize the fear, anxiety, and side effects commonly associated with cancer treatment.
The room was developed courtesy of a cancer research grant from Hyundai Motor America and its nonprofit organization, Hope On Wheels, a national organization committed to finding a cure for childhood cancers.
The oncology staff at CHOC hopes that pediatric medical centers all across the country will implement something similar so that kids can cope a bit better with their illness and then get back to, well, being kids.
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