Focus on Childhood and
Young Adult Cancers
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.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA), a patient-friendly translation of the NCCN Clinical Guidelines focused on people diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.
by Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, MSN, PNP, FAAN,
and Kathy Ruccione, RN, MPH, CPON, FAAN
Every year, on the first Sunday in June, treatment centers across the country organize special events for National Cancer Survivors Day® with games, entertainment, and refreshments. Survivors of childhood cancer certainly have much to celebrate. The combined five-year survival for childhood cancers has improved from less than 50 percent before the 1970s to 80 percent today. Treatment for childhood cancer is one of the miracles of modern medicine.