18Loop will distribute Facebook/Oculus VR headsets and Tripp VR Stress Management solutions in its Virtual Comfort Program. Virtual Comfort is preceded by the Joint Experimental Intervention Research Study (JEIRS), which is being conducted now with the American Childhood Cancer Organization. We are fundraising to support VR distribution. This is critical, as there are 16,000 new cancer cases diagnosed each year, and it takes an average of 1,000 days to treat them. Virtual Comfort will help our kids in the hospital and at home.
As early as 2007, researchers were theorizing that Virtual Reality would be important in patient recovery. You can learn more:
NIH: VR for Pain and Anxiety Management for Children
18Loop expects that Virtual Comfort will eventually become a companion to or replacement of drugs that combat pain and alleviate other side effects. In planned future research, we will address the efficacy of VR in the inpatient and outpatient environment when our kids are exposed to chemotherapy. We expect to complement drugs like ondansetron in reducing nausea and vomiting. 18Loop seeks to improve the quality of life of pediatric oncology patients and ultimately become central to beating the disease. To do so, we will impact the entire family unit, as familial impact will be measured.
Want to get involved? Head over to our Parent/Tech to learn more about enrolling your child in Virtual Comfort.