Computer Program Helping Kids Understand their Cancer

(WVLT) - Some hospitals around the country are using a new high-tech way to help young cancer patients deal with their illness.

Scientists have developed a computer game called "Remission."

In it, players control a nano-bot that travels through the body and blasts out therapies.

Doctors say this will help patients learn what cancer is doing to their body, understand how their treatment works, and also help them manage their side effects.

The creators came up with it to help young adults adhere to the therapies, which doctors say is sometimes difficult to do.

"The problem with teenagers is they don't want to take their medications. They don't want to show up for clinic visits. I know, I have two teenagers. They don't want to do anything we tell them to do," says Brad Pollock, Ph.D.

You can find out more details on the game and how to order it at www.re-mission.net.
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