- One idea we had for our project was adding smell in our Cancer Mate Tablet. When someone was at the hospital for treatment, they could press the button on the tablet and a good scent would come out. When we interviewed the cancer doctor, he told us we needed to be careful with aroma because an otherwise harmless or pleasant smell could get associated with a specific unpleasant smell in the brain, which would trigger an undesired feeling. From this, we decided to not have smell.
- Another idea we had was for the Cancer Mate to be one device instead of a tablet and a dispenser. When we talked to our custodian about our idea, he said that this would be difficult because there would have to be something built into the back of the tablet to hold and dispense the pills. This would make the tablet very bulky, which would be uncomfortable.
- We had an idea to add cold caps to our device to prevent hair loss during treatment. The cancer doctor let us know that cold caps are not advisable because they prevent the drugs they use to treat cancer from reaching the scalp, which may allow tumor cells to seed in the scalp. The doctor told us how stem cells could be manipulated in the lab to treat hair follicle cells, which may help with chemotherapy hair loss. We knew we could not attach stem cells to the Cancer Mate, so we decided to not focus on hair loss.
- The Cancer Mate Tablet and Cancer Mate Automated Pill Dispenser will be better because the tablet can serve as a companion while undergoing treatment because of all the features of the applications. The pill dispenser will make it easier to remember all the different medications that will need to be taken when not in the hospital.