Video game Re-mission helps kids control their cancer

Video game “Re-mission.” gives young cancer patients a sense of control over their disease and is helping kids fight their diseases figuratively and literally. The game “Re-mission.” is a 20-level journey through the bodies of fictional patients suffering from different types of cancer, and it can be played by adults and healthy folks too. Players control an animation of a nano-sized robot named Roxxi who blasts cancer cells and battles bacterial infections. Gamers must also manage real, life-threatening side effects.

Studies of young cancer patients who played the game showed they were more likely to take their medicine, to undergo treatment and to have a better understanding of their disease, according to CIGNA, the company that distributed the game (the non-profit organization HopeLab created the game).