Focus on Childhood and
Young Adult Cancers
by Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP, and Johnathan B. Sataloff
Here you are, 18 to 24 years old. You were in college, graduate school, or your first job and enjoying your independence when cancer hit. Now you’re back at home with your parents, dealing with all the things that accompany a cancer diagnosis. You’re probably feeling out of touch with your goals and struggling to relate to your friends. The following suggestions might help you handle this difficult transition and make the most of your time in treatment.
by Nancy Morgan, MA
Children with cancer often must forego their favorite activities to meet the demands of doctor appointments and treatment. A lot of the fun of being a kid is put on hold, and that can produce strong feelings that need to be addressed. Expressive writing – recording thoughts and feelings about cancer or other personal issues – can be an accessible and inexpensive emotional outlet for children.
Re-Mission 2, a collection of free online games launched by HopeLab, harnesses the power and appeal of casual games to help young people with cancer fight their disease. Combining research on the neuroscience of interactive video game play with the fun and accessibility of casual games. The new games apply insights from a brain-imaging study published in 2012 by HopeLab and Stanford University researchers showing that Re-Mission, a video game about killing cancer in the body, strongly activates brain circuits involved in positive motivation.