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Lorraines’ Cancer Story
09/01/2020 08:56 AM 0
”It occurred to me a few days ago and I meant to mention to you; when I was having Chemo/radiotherapy my white blood cells were low half way through treatment and I had to have a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions have always made me feel really queasy and the thought of having to have one was one of my low points....Having chemo for the first time is exceptionally scary too and to be shown (virtually) where you’ll be going in the Hospital would be of comfort. Once inside and once the first treatment is underway, it’s not as terrifying as it seems.”
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Edited extracts of an email from a friend, former colleague and cancer survivor. Printed with full permission.

”It occurred to me a few days ago and I meant to mention to you; when I was having Chemo/radiotherapy my white blood cells were low half way through treatment and I had to have a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions have always made me feel really queasy and the thought of having to have one was one of my low points.

To avert the dread, my partner at the time, persuaded me to go into the blood transfusion unit at the hospital to have a look around and that calmed my panic enormously. My thought was that perhaps you could use the scanner to do a similar thing to the ones you're doing to help people with a fear of flying, i.e. tour the Hospital wards for people like me who are (were) scared stiff of having the treatment. Knowing the layout (and where the exits were) made me feel much better about going in. Just a thought...L

Having chemo for the first time is exceptionally scary too and to be shown (virtually) where you’ll be going in the Hospital would be of comfort. Once inside and once the first treatment is underway, it’s not as terrifying as it seems. I’d be happy to put my name to anything that would alleviate people’s fears. I was exceptionally lucky to have survived and if my experience helps anyone else going through it, I won’t mind being named.” - Lorraine F.

Since receiving this email, Ocean 3D has partnered with NHS Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) and the Sowenna young persons mental health unit at Bodmin to produce 3D tours to help reduce worry for younger patients and aid with the trusts recruitment drive. More tours are planned. We know from other patients stories that our VR tours are reducing or even eliminating the apprehension and fear that Lorraine felt and, as we have written about in previous posts, there is now solid science behind the reduction of anxiety and even pain that VR offers.