How a high-tech gizmo is helping cancer patients

Jennifer Howell, a registered nurse at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, demonstrates the Oculus Go virtual reality system. The system is used by patients who are undergoing chemotherapy infusions.

The nerd factor – and a love for all things Disney-related – sparked the idea of using a high-tech gizmo to help lower stress in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy transfusions at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center.

Patients, with a few exceptions, can use an Oculus Go, a virtual reality device, to transport themselves to almost anywhere in the world while a needle pumps a cancer-destroying chemical cocktail into their bloodstreams.

How a high-tech gizmo is helping cancer patients

The Oculus Go virtual reality device is used to help patients deal with stress at Spectrum Health Lakeland chemotherapy infusion clinics in St. Joseph and Niles.