A new study in Spain has found that computer games can help children overcome pain from cancer treatments.
The research conducted at the Hospital de la Paz in Madrid also found that playing video games helps them in their recovery.
Mucositis is usually an adverse effect of cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy causing painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract.
The study analyzed pain levels by monitoring heart rate and eye responses in children undergoing chemotherapy.
Ignacio Gonzales is the Chief Medical Officer at Mdoloris Medical Systems and he said, “This is the idea that the chief of anesthesia at the Hospital de la Paz Francisco Reinoso thought that children were undergoing very painful treatment for some form of cancer,” it was mucositis, could be the pain they were suffering, could be alleviated with video games. “
Twenty children around the age of 11.5 years, both boys and girls, were studied one day before using video games and one day after gaming.
After using the video games, the study found significant analgesic effects despite the lower amounts of morphine given.
Gonzales added, “They found that thanks to these video games, they were able to reduce half the amount of opioids these children receive, as well as the total amount of opioids they receive per day. So it was a great success.”
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