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Virtual reality eases patients' anxiety
On days when Blonnie Brooks comes to the Infusion Center for chemotherapy, she would rather be almost anywhere else. Now, through an innovative new virtual reality (VR) tool introduced at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, Brooks can imagine herself elsewhere, walking through a forest, climbing sand dunes at the beach or gazing from a cliff into the Irish Sea.
The Graham Cancer Center team partnered with the ChristianaCare Health & Technology Innovation Center and Visitor & Volunteer Services to develop a VR experience for patients that eases the burden of chemotherapy. Medical experts are finding that VR is a positive distraction that can instill a sense of well-being, reduce anxiety and shift focus from medical treatment or painful procedures.
“This collaboration has resulted in a highly innovative approach to improving the chemotherapy experience for many of our cancer patients,” said Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Graham Cancer Center.