Magic string hack makes radiotherapy less frightening for children

On The Huffington Post UK, a hospital worker called Lobke Marsden shares her magic string hack to make radiotherapy less frightening for children with cancer.

Marsden is also a mum-of-three and a radiotherapy play specialist. She first posted a photo of a spool of rainbow “magic string” on Twitter where she says:

“Children will be in the treatment room by themselves during radiotherapy. To help ease separation anxiety the child holds one side of the string and the parent the other side, so they’ve still got that connection. Simple but effective.”

Since the article was published last year Lobke tweeted again that this technique has helped an adult having radiotherapy.

Marsden has also trialled loom bands to mix things up.


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