At its core, Prosoma aims to reduce the levels of stress hormones to boost the patient’s immune system.
To help stimulate that process, patients will be able to experience relaxation, learn more about their thoughts and feelings, and develop coping mechanisms through behavioural therapy. Our comprehensive programme will include several interlinked modules on relaxation through meditation, guided imagery, music and breathing therapies, as well as cognitive therapies such as Rational Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness. The programme will be delivered through a gamified experience available via a mixture of desktop, mobile, and Virtual Reality solutions.
Prosoma was created to provide relief at the most challenging times. Only treating the symptoms of the body is a thing of the past. As the human organism is a psychosomatic whole, to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients, we need to address the body and mind simultaneously. Existing research supports the fact that our beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and cognitive structures influence the biochemical reactions occurring in the brain, also impacting on hormone levels and immune responses of the body.
Through virtual reality and natural ability of our minds to control the body's defence mechanisms, Prosoma will create an environment that will support patients in the healing process by reducing the level of stress hormones, easing the difficult side effects of pharmacological treatment, improving their mood and quality of life.
Despite major advances in cancer treatment, many patients continue to experience significant distress. We need to offer patients help before their psychological concerns reach crisis stage, as this may negatively affect their overall recovery and response to treatment.
Virtual reality technology offers an innovative way to deliver relaxation interventions to patients. Studies have shown that patients retain very little information in a one-on-one consultation. However, using technology may overcome this to a degree by delivering a systematic psychological intervention that can be delivered throughout the treatments.
I strongly believe that the approaches proposed by Prosoma are innovative, supportive, and that they provide excellent opportunities for patients to develop a better attitude and to have their needs met in the course of treatment, whenever the need for psychological care occurs.
New technologies may remove one of the common barriers to access psychosocial help. There are so few psycho-oncologists and even fewer who deliver such interventions. Some patients may be too sick, live in remote areas, or not wanting the risk of being stuck in traffic.
Digital therapeutics create a remarkable opportunity for people who do not have an easy access to counselling or those who don’t need intensive psychotherapy but who seek a way to just relieve their emotional burden, deal with stress and learn how to preserve hope.
Distress management interventions have the potential to improve clinical disease outcomes. Psychosocial interventions not only reduce depression and anxiety in cancer patients but are also associated with the modulation of bio-behavioural processes that are correlated with greater survival and longer time till cancer recurrence.
What’s in the trial?
Managing stress is crucial for anyone diagnosed with cancer. Prosoma’s relaxation module will help to achieve that through a series of guided imagery exercises taking place in varied and serene scenes.
Prosoma aims to go a step beyond distraction techniques and provide patients with tools that will be key in developing coping mechanism. Prosoma’s psycho-education module will enable patients to work on managing their emotions, understand how they work and how they can influence them.
A series of short interviews, where our team of expert tell us why they joined the project and how they see the future of psycho-oncology. An opportunity for patients to hear their thoughts on innovation and advancements in cancer care.
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