Computer games help children cope with the pain of cancer treatment

A new study in Spain has found that computer games can help children cope with the pain of cancer treatments.

Research conducted at Hospital de La Paz in Madrid also showed that playing video games helps them recover.

Mucositis is usually an adverse effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer, resulting in painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract.

The study analyzed pain levels by monitoring heart rates and eye responses in children undergoing chemotherapy.

Ignacio Gonzalez is the chief medical officer of Mdoloris Medical Systems, and said: “This is the idea that the head of anesthesiology at Hospital de la Paz Francisco Reynoso thinks that children are going through a very painful treatment in a type of cancer, which was mucositis, it could be the pain that They suffer from it, and it can be mitigated with video games.”

Twenty children aged about 11.5 years, both boys and girls, were studied one day before video game use and one day after playing.

After using video games, the study found significant analgesic effects despite taking less morphine.

“They found that thanks to these video games, they were able to reduce half the amount of opioids these children received as well as the total amount of opioids they received each day. So it was a huge success,” Gonzalez added.

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