Gamified mHealth App Helping Pediatric Patients Fight Cancer

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Health services company Cigna is partnering with HopeLab to globally launch the digital health firm’s health app designed to educate and motivate pediatric patients combating cancer. The game, called Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge will be available for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets.

"We began working with HopeLab to distribute the original Re-Mission game on CD and DVD to young people with cancer in 2007. With the new globally accessible Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge mobile app, our goal is to use online news sources, app-based promotions, and game sites to help get this cancer-fighting video game in the hands of every young person with cancer worldwide." – Scott Josephs, M.D., Cigna national medical officer.

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Re-Mission 2 puts players inside the body, where they attack cancer cells using weapons like chemotherapy, antibiotics, and the body’s immune system. The games have been tied to a boost in positive emotions, positive shifts in attitudes about chemotherapy, and increases in self-efficacy (a patient’s belief in their ability to fight the cancer). The game encourages patents and leads to better treatment adherence.

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