The use of virtual reality technology to improve radiotherapy information for patients with breast cancer

Author(s): Megara Srikaran, Sankar Andiappa Pillai, Damian Parr, Kirsty Muir

Hospital: Ninewells Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 49, 574, 23-24

Excerpt: 

Breast cancer (BC) is one of the most common malignancies, affecting one in every seven women in the UK, with a high mortality rate. Radiotherapy (RT) is a standard treatment for BC although undergoing RT treatment can be physically and psychologically stressful for patients. Studies have reported that preparatory information provided to cancer patients before and after treatment has the potential to reduce anxiety, fear and stress, leading to improved patient outcomes. However, information-seeking patients with BC can be given maximum information, and the information avoiders should be given minimum information.

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