Global health service company Cigna plans to get HopeLab’s cancer-fighting game app Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge onto the phones and tablets of every young cancer patient in the world.
The free app is available for Android and iOS (Apple) mobile devices.
The Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge app, developed with support from Cigna, is one of the six Re-Mission 2 online games designed by HopeLab to help young cancer patients fight their disease.
Research shows that playing the games boosts players’ positive emotions, increases self-efficacy (their belief in their ability to fight cancer) and shifts attitudes about chemotherapy, which lead to better adherence to prescribed treatments.
Each Re-Mission 2 game puts players inside the body to defeat cancer, using weapons like chemotherapy, antibiotics and the body’s immune cells. The action parallels real-world medical treatments used to fight cancer.
The games are designed specifically for teens and young adults who are at risk of adverse cancer outcomes due to poor treatment adherence.
“Whether you have cancer, or a family member, friend or classmate does, Re-Mission 2 games are a fun way to help you understand what it takes to fight the disease. Playing these games can help you or someone you care about fight and beat cancer,” said Scott Josephs, M.D., Cigna national medical officer.
More than 120 teens and young adults with cancer collaborated with HopeLab to develop and test the Re-Mission 2 games, which are now available free online at www.re-mission2.org.