The study find that new module for ‘Xploro’ to be used by children undergoing Proton Beam Therapy. Therefore It includes unique environments model on the hospital itself and a 3D experience showing exactly what happens when someone has the pioneering treatment. Because Xploro ‘s CEO, Dom Raban; is inspire to develop the ‘Xploro’ app after seeing first hand the importance of giving children and young people information when they’re being treat in hospital.
Unique environments model
In 2011 Dom’s thirteen year old daughter Issy is diagnose with the rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma. Issy, who is now cancer free and at university; spent much of the twelve months following her diagnosis undergoing various treatments including fifteen rounds of chemotherapy; umpteen blood transfusions, stem cell treatment and ten weeks of Proton Beam Therapy in Florida.
The clinical care Issy received; in the six hospitals she is treat at; is second to none; however it soon became apparent that the information she received about her illness and treatment was severely lacking and it left her feeling scared; anxious and isolated. It was this experience that led to Dom and his team to come up with ‘Xploro’.
Undergoing various treatments
Looking back at Issy’s experience Dom recalls “I was struck by the lack of age-appropriate information that is available for Issy she was far too old for picture books; but too young for adult information. Once Issy was on the mend, I realised that I could do something to plug that gap. At my other company; Corporation Pop; we have a first-class team of app and game designers and developers so it seemed; obvious that we put that expertise to good use.
After four years of hard work and significant Government funding it’s fantastic to see the app being used by children at one of the hospitals that my daughter was treated at.” Research has shown that when people understand what is happening to them when they are ill and having treatment; they experience better clinical outcomes; the Xploro app is designed to give them that knowledge and information in a fun; and engaging way.
Precisely targets cancer
The Christie is the first NHS hospital in the UK to introduce high-energy Proton Beam Therapy, an advanced radiotherapy treatment which precisely targets cancer without causing damage to healthy cells around it. Previously the NHS has funded expensive treatment in America ; and Germany causing huge disruption to families like Dom and Issy’s and costing many thousands of pounds more than having it in the UK.
Proton Beam Therapy is particularly suit to children and young people whose bodies are still developing; which makes ‘Xploro’ a great match for The Christie. After trials at The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; Xploro will be available for wider use when it will include an artificially intelligent chatbot which can answer any questions the child has about going to hospital.