Instructor Anijo Mathew offered a Communication Workshop during the fall of 2012 at the Institute of Design. The course expected students to apply technological concepts such as the Human API and quantitative self to the challenges faced by cancer patients’ post-treatment. The client for this project was Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, located in NYC, and our team consisted of Diego Bernardo, Adam Panza and Keta Patel and focused on teenage leukemia patients post-treatment.
In order to understand the context of teenage cancer, in particular teenage leukemia, our team looked into websites, video testimonials, articles, blogs and social media. In addition, we spoke to experts in the fields of pediatric cancer care, social work and cancer education.
Overall, we believe there is an opportunity for healthcare improvement in the area of extended post-treament cancer care of teenagers and young populations when returning to normal activities such as school and work. Currently, there is little support for this community, especially regarding the achievement of independence, connecting to social circles, and fostering healthy and responsible attitudes and behaviors. Thus, we believe that by allowing these users to share moods with a structured community within a safe and planned environment this will help them to develop new relationships, improve existing ones and most important, to make informed decisions based on their emotional status, including to look for professional help when needed.
Here is the full project report: