Skip to comments.Cancer-Stricken Kids Cope With Chemotherapy By Escaping To Virtual Reality
Posted on 07/24/2013 6:47:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin
ORANGE (CBSLA.com) Doctors at Childrens Hospital of Orange County are helping cancer-stricken kids cope with chemotherapy in an innovative way.
The Infusionarium room at CHOCs Hyundai Cancer Institute allows patients to escape to a virtual reality through a video game or a movie during their treatments.
Its the mixture of the word aquarium, if you will, and an infusion space. Chemotherapy is given by an IV infusion, said Dr. Leonard Sender.
Mia Ordaz, 5, was diagnosed with kidney cancer four years ago and has been enduring chemo for seven months.
Now Mia can escape to anywhere she chooses while undergoing the drug therapy.
I relax watching TV, she said.
She doesnt even know treatment is going on because shes somewhere else, said Ordazs mother. Since her mind is somewhere else, she doesnt get sick right after treatment. It lasts a little bit longer.
The room is part of a $10 million cancer research grant from Hyundai Motor America and its nonprofit organization, Hope On Wheels.
Were committed to this because its the right thing to do. We have to save these kids, and thats a passion we have, said Zafir Brooks of Hyundai Motor America.
Doctors hope the Infusionarium room will be implemented in other hospitals across the country.
The last few kids who have been through it have said, My chemos in two weeks
can I come sooner? said Sender.
Great idea. Bless those kids and their families.
A bit like hypnosis, then?
This is a really good thing. I hope adults have the same.