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Video Games Seek to Help Young Patients Fight Cancer

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Video games are often thought of as brain-draining time wasters, but a non-profit group in California is using technology to help improve human health.

HopeLab is out Monday with Re-Mission 2, a set of video games about killing cancer in the body.

The series is "designed to help young cancer patients through their treatment," says Richard Tate with HopeLab.

He says the first set of games, Re-Mission 1, proved to be a success.  Young patients were shown to stick to their medications more consistently after playing the games seven years ago.

"It seemed to affect the way players thought about their cancer," Tate says.

The new games are free and available online.  Visit www.re-mission2.org to learn more about them.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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