Portable, Wi-Fi ready electronics help overcome challenges for pediatric cancer patients.
A childhood cancer diagnosis and the treatment regimen that follows can be profoundly stressful, affecting all aspects of a child’s life. As a result, children and teens face enormous challenges trying to cope with the rigor, uncertainty and pain associated with long and grueling treatment. The challenges for pediatric cancer patients persist for the duration of treatment – on average about three years. They include:
- Isolation from friends, family and school.
- Restrictions from their normal daily activities and social interactions including sport teams, dance classes, etc.
- Loss of a sense of empowerment ie. not being able to make even the simplest of decisions for themselves (what to eat, what to wear, etc.)
- Fear of an uncertain future, including the effect of treatment protocols that lie ahead.
- Having to shuffle between treatments, doctor appointments and various medical facilities for an extended period of time, often over long distances.
- Loss of a sense of normalcy in their lives.
- Disruption in their normal psychosocial development.