Finding out you're sick, especially for children, can make it seem like there's nothing you can do. Even though healthcare professionals do their best to get patients the best care and medications and treatments take on the diease itself, for the patient there's not much to do but sit back, do what doctors and nurses say to do, and hope for the best. One video game is attempting to both entertain and educate patients about cancer by making them able to take down the illness themselves.
Re-mission 2 enables anyone with a computer or smart phone to play. In the game, you must defend bloodstreams, protect stem cells, and prevent the tumor from spreading. Much like how chemotherapy uses radiation to shrink tumors, you as the main character must do the same in the game. "Research on the original 'Re-Mission' showed that it impacted biology and behavior, primarily by energizing positive motivation circuits in the human brain and giving players a sense of power and control over cancer," said Dr. Steve Cole, a vice president at HopeLab and professor of medicine at UCLA. "That gave us a whole new recipe for engineering the games in 'Re-Mission 2' by harnessing the power of positive motivation circuits in the human brain."
Because cancer is internal, patients can't see their tumors shrinking physically. This game gives them a sense that they are beating it physically out of their system.
As a student earning a healthcare administration degree from Ashworth College, what do you think of this game? Do you think it will help patients at all?