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2008-08-05 03:00:46

By Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 5--Rashida Wilkins was undergoing chemo-therapy for a brain tumor in 2005 when she was asked to participate in an experimental treatment. Not radiation, or a drug that would make the teen feel nauseated, thank goodness. Rather, a video game. Wilkins, now 18, was only too happy to comply. For weeks, she played the game in which a microscopic "nanobot" named Roxxi travels through the bodies of characters with cancer,...

2008-08-04 06:00:40

By Liz Szabo Although Rashida Wilkins is only 18, she has already weathered eight years of cancer therapy, including four brain surgeries, six weeks of radiation and nearly two years of chemotherapy. She knows she should follow her doctors' advice. Yet Wilkins, like many teens with cancer, has at times deliberately stopped taking pills that are vital for her health. Of all cancer patients, teenagers are the least likely to consistently follow their care plans, says Steve Cole,...


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