Young Cancer Patients escape from the hospital and into a Virtual Reality

As a young adult going through cancer treatment, being confined to the hospital wards can be isolating and very lonely making the days seem incredibly long and frustrating. Our You Can Centres provide a haven for young patients to come off the wards and into a place that feels more like home. The centres have entertainment areas kitted out with the latest Sony entertainment products like PlayStations, TVs, speakers and more along with quiet zones and kitchen areas to catch up for a meal with family and friends.

However, there are days when some patients are too unwell to venture off the ward and the centre can seem a world away. Which is why Sony Foundation and it’s incredible supporting partners, Sony Electronics and Sony Interactive Entertainment collaborated to create a Mobile Entertainment Unit complete with Sony TV, PlayStation 4 console and games, CDs and headphones can be easily transported to wards for younger people to play, enjoy and have some fun while undergoing their treatment.

The first of these units was launched at the Melbourne You Can Centre in March at an event hosted by Sony Interactive Entertainment. During the event, a PlayStation VR unit was also donated to the centre and patients and survivors were given the chance to trial virtual reality, which for many, was for the first time.

Patrick Lagana, Director of Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia said, “Loaded with immersive games and experiences, PSVR will allow these young people to immerse themselves in amazing digital worlds and escape to a different reality for a little while in between their treatments. Everyone had a terrific time enjoying a Friday afternoon playing PlayStation 4 and learning about PlayStation VR.

“It was truly moving to hear about some of their stories and how they are working to overcome the struggles of living with cancer. We can’t wait to see the mobile unit in the wards as soon as possible and hope it makes their treatment just that little bit easier,” continued Lagana.

Andrew Smith, Sony Foundation funded Health & Wellbeing Manager at the You Can Centre said,

“To get 4 or 5 young people in a room at the same time is one thing, but to keep them there and engaged for hours is another thing all together! We really appreciate the effort Sony Foundation and their partners go to build a community of not only support, but fun experiences that help to fill the gap in what these young people might be missing out on in the outside world.”



“It was truly moving to hear about some of their stories and how they are working to overcome the struggles of living with cancer. We can’t wait to see the mobile unit in the wards as soon as possible and hope it makes their treatment just that little bit easier,” continued Lagana.

Andrew Smith, Sony Foundation funded Health & Wellbeing Manager at the You Can Centre said,

 “To get 4 or 5 young people in a room at the same time is one thing, but to keep them there and engaged for hours is another thing all together! We really appreciate the effort Sony Foundation and their partners go to build a community of not only support, but fun experiences that help to fill the gap in what these young people might be missing out on in the outside world.” 



The You Can Centre in Melbourne is now looking to build programmes and workshops incorporating different PSVR experiences into health and wellbeing sessions for the young people under the guidance of centre staff.