Computer games should calm children with cancer

Researchers at Uppsala University are now investigating whether games can help children who need to undergo radiation for cancer.

A radiation treatment can be perceived as frightening and unpleasant for children who are forced to lie completely still for long periods of time, sometimes with a hard mask on.

May reduce the need for anesthesia

Now the researchers hope that a computer game that shows the care environments that await during the children’s treatment can help make things easier, writes Uppsala University in a press release.

In the game, the children also learn about different strategies they can use to lie still.

The project is interdisciplinary and the game has been developed by the departments of game design, women’s and children’s health and informatics and media. Nine children with cancer who have undergone radiation treatment have been part of the team that created the game which it is hoped will reduce the need to put children to sleep as they undergo the treatment.

The project is financed with funds from the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by

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