‘Shark Tank’ Star Touts Virtual Reality Chemotherapy For Kids

Robert Herjavec is best known for spotting the next big business idea as one of the sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank, but recently he set out to discover a different set of innovative ideas.

My mom passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007, and it was really a hard time, Herjavec told FoxNews.com. And so this was a chance to get involved with technology that can aid oncology and patient care.

It was through caring for his mother that Herjavec decided to partner with Astellas Oncology and become a judge for their C3Prize program, a contest designed to inspire novel, non-medicine ideas to improve cancer care for patients. In September 2016 at the Stanford Medicine X conference, five finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to Herjavec and a panel of experts.

We saw everything from a ride-sharing program for people with cancer to a light source product, so there was a lot of stuff that really made peoples lives easier, Herjavec said.

One of the first prize winners, Larry Pederson, of Seattle, Washington, co-founded The Litebook Company, which created a light technology to help patients suffering from exhaustion.

When you go through chemotherapy, you get highly fatigued, and it changes your mood and depression, Herjavec said. You hold [the Litebook] to the side of your head, and it gives you radiation and light, and it helps with fatigue, and theres actually a commercial application of it for jet lag.

More on this…

  • Cancer tech: New devices could speed up treatment

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/10/25/shark-tank-star-touts-virtual-reality-chemotherapy-for-kids.html


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