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Learn about the winner of the health category of Fast Company‘s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards—and the other innovative finalists.

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by Oncomfort
For cancer patients, anxiety can peak during medical treatments–and can weaken the immune system, prolong recovery, and even affect cancer biology and cause tumors to grow. Anxiety drugs can cause more problems, so this startup offers another approach: virtual reality modules that can train patients to manage anxiety and help them learn about treatments before they happen. In trials, the VR treatments reduced anxiety 60%.

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