Computer games help children overcome the pain of cancer treatment

A new study in Spain has found that computer games can help children overcome the pain of cancer treatment.

A study conducted at the Hospital de la Paz in Madrid also found that video games help them in their recovery.

Mucositis is usually a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer, causing painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes that line the digestive tract.

The study analyzed pain levels by monitoring heart rate and eye response in children undergoing chemotherapy.

Ignacio Gonzalez, chief physician of Mdoloris Medical Systems, said: “The idea is that the head of anesthesia for hospital de la pazFrancisco Reynosothought that kids going through very painful treatment for some type of cancer that was mucositis might be the pain they’re experiencing could be alleviated with video games.”

Twenty children aged about 11.5 years, both boys and girls, were examined the day before using video games and the day after playing.

After using video games, the study found a significant analgesic effect despite less morphine.

Gonzalez added: “They found that through these video games, they were able to halve the amount of opioids these kids take, as well as the total amount of opioids they get per day. So it was a big success.”

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