The doctor said it was asthma, Saif Nair remembers. As an 11-year-old boy in his native country of Jordan, he didn't know that his coughing and lack of appetite were early symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of leukemia that aggressively attacks the lymph system. At the time, Nair didn't even know what cancer was; he only knew it was a bad word that took the life of his aunt.
Three year later, after moving to the United States for a number of surgeries and chemotherapy sessions, Nair sounds like an expert. Part of this comes from being a naturally curious 14-year-old boy, hoping to be a doctor one day. But some part of this comes from the new videogame called Re-Mission, developed specifically for teens fighting cancer. But this isn't your ordinary educational game, the boring kind kids toss aside before sneaking in a few sessions of Halo. Developed by a team with a history in commercial videogames, Re-Mission is actually fun. Also, teens that have played Re-Mission are more likely to adhere to their often painful chemotherapy treatment schedules; they are more knowledgeable about their own illnesses; and most importantly, kids are generally happier and more comfortable living with cancer.