There is something about delving into that which we fear that brings substantial and significant growth. Chris Hadfield, former Colonel & Commander, NASA & CSA says of the twenty one years as an astronaut, he learned that, “The more you know, the less you fear.” And no matter if it’s space flight or fighting cancer, the concept is the same.
A teaching tool was developed in the UK by the University of Hull, that uses advanced computer graphics to simulate a life-sized treatment room. This system is called VERT (the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training). VERT was designed to originally teach students and professionals, but institutions in Europe began using the system as a learning tool for the patients themselves who were to undergo treatment. In the US, the first center to use this system was Tuality/Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Cancer Center in Hillsboro, Oregon. The following is their story: