HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Virtual reality helps breast cancer patients cope with chemotherapy

DURHAM, N.C. -- Women with breast cancer have fewer adverse effects from chemotherapy and less fatigue when using virtual reality as a distraction intervention during treatments, according to a study from the Duke University School of Nursing and Case Western Reserve Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In the study, published in the January 2004 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum, the researchers described how chemotherapy patients eased their fatigue and discomfort by solving a mystery, touring an art gallery or going deep-sea diving in a virtual environment as they underwent treatment.

Virtual reality enables people to immerse themselves in a computer-generated visual and aural environment by wearing a head-mounted display device. The researchers believe that virtual reality makes for an excellent distraction intervention because it is interactive, engages several senses simultaneously and immerses participants in a new world, thereby blocking out their current and often stressful environment.

That stressful environment was almost too much for chemotherapy patient Donna Honeycutt of Elon, N.C. She worried that she wouldn't be able to complete the entire series of treatments she needed to have the best chance of beating her breast cancer.

"You're in a room with many other people receiving chemotherapy. Some are very sick and you tend to always look at the individual who's sickest. For me, I felt sicker when I was in this environment," said Honeycutt, who underwent her chemotherapy two years ago and completed a portion of her treatments using virtual reality.

Susan Schneider, Ph.D., director of the oncology program at Duke University School of Nursing and lead author on the paper, said that helping patients keep their minds off the stresses of chemotherapy can be both physically and mentally important to patients.

"I've been a nurse for more than 20 years, and I've noticed if patients can focus on something other than the
'"/>

Contact: Amy Austell
amy.austell@duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
29-Jan-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Virtual colonoscopy can help patients avoid conventional colonoscopy
2. Virtual colonoscopy shows significant promise as colorectal cancer screening option
3. Virtual colonoscopy techniques and training need to be improved before widespread clinical use
4. Virtual play boosts disabled childrens self-image
5. Virtual mass spectrometry laboratory transforms learning experience
6. Virtual stomach reveals pills path
7. Virtual friend helps young asthma sufferers
8. Society of Nuclear Medicine launches Virtual Library
9. Research Into Virtual Environments
10. Temples Virtual Lab Helps Disabled Students
11. University of Manchester makes made-to-measure skin and bones a reality using inkjet printers

Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... ... Law Group is pleased to announce the relocation of the firm's headquarters to 225 ... a state of the art building, located with easy access to New York City's ... "We are pleased to service our clients from such a premier location and we ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... July 07, 2015 , ... SC&H Group, ... Service, which aims to give back to the community through company-wide volunteering efforts. , ... SC&H Group dedicate the day to assisting those in need throughout Baltimore and Washington ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... , ... At the end of June Pacific Prime Renewals team in Hong Kong announced ... by the Renewals Manager, Danielle Cotton, aims to not only reduce but eventually eliminate the ... explained, “We send anything between 300 and 600 pieces of paper per month. Not to ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... 07, 2015 , ... Summer is a great time to get outside and ... sharing some safety tips. , Jean Tapley, senior wellness coordinator at Amica, suggests the ... , Start slowly. Going from no activity to several hours of activity ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... ... Healthpointe is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Pedro S. Alupay to ... evaluating and treating patients with orthopedic complaints, such as lumbar back pain or cervical ... Biology from the University of the East, Manila, Dr. Alupay earned his Doctorate of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:SC&H Group Celebrates 9th Annual Day of Service 2Health News:Pacific Prime Hong Kong Renewals Team Starts Push to go Green 2Health News:Amica Insurance Has 7 Summer Safety Tips 2Health News:Dr. Pedro S. Alupay, M.D., Now Providing Pain Management Services at Healthpointe in Irwindale 2Health News:Dr. Pedro S. Alupay, M.D., Now Providing Pain Management Services at Healthpointe in Irwindale 3
(Date:7/7/2015)... 30, 2015 Research ... of the "Deciphering Global Major Pharmaceutical Companies, ... their offering. It has been publicly ... involved in a series of challenges in the ... in significant overcapacities in small molecule product manufacturing; ...
(Date:7/7/2015)...   Decision Resources Group finds that ... management in the U.S. versus the EU5. In ... EU5 nephrologists from approximately 1,870 dialysis patient charts ... commonly used renal medications in dialysis patients; however, ... the two regions.      Other key findings ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... California and BANGALORE , ... , a global technology provider of innovative clinical trial ... Reports, (Industry Standard Research Reports) recent publication named " ... Provider Performance (2015) ". ISR Reports is one of ... pharmaceutical industry, and this report evaluated 22 EDC and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Deciphering Global Major Pharmaceutical Companies - New Outsourcing Demands and Strategies 2Deciphering Global Major Pharmaceutical Companies - New Outsourcing Demands and Strategies 3Similarities And Differences Exist When Comparing U.S. Versus EU5 Dialysis Patient Management 2Similarities And Differences Exist When Comparing U.S. Versus EU5 Dialysis Patient Management 3Acceliant Ranked Highest in 'Overall Satisfaction' Amongst EDC Providers in ISR Reports' Recent Research 2Acceliant Ranked Highest in 'Overall Satisfaction' Amongst EDC Providers in ISR Reports' Recent Research 3
Cached News: