A Match for Bay: Eight-year-old Nikkei battles leukemia

While most children play outside this summer, 8-year-old Baylor “Bay” Nihei Fredrickson from Albany, Calif engages in Nerf gun battles with nurses in between chemotherapy rounds.  Baylor, who is of Japanese and German descent, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in February 2012 at 5 years old. According to his mother, Shari Nihei Fredrickson, Baylor […]

Let’s Talk: About cancer (Part II)

In the last column, I wrote about “Coping with cancer” and invited readers to share with me ways they have found to cope with cancer. Although I received a few ideas on the topic, I was struck by a question that seemed important to address. “What if I’m not coping at all?” This person went […]

Let’s talk: About coping with cancer

The big “C” word. There was a time in the past when talking about cancer, even mentioning the word was taboo. People would often go into seclusion and cope with the illness alone or in the privacy of the family circle. Today, cancer is ubiquitous. I don’t know anybody that hasn’t been touched by this […]

FIGHT FOR MIKE: 19-year-old Michael Sakata’s battle against leukemia

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Despite the scorching 100-degree weather, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes and former Sacramento Kings point guard Bobby Jackson joined about 45 other people to play in a golf tournament at the Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville, Calif. on June 30 to raise money for 19-year-old leukemia patient Michael Sakata. Barnes, who […]

HUMANITARIAN MISSION: Doctors make biennial medical visit to hibakusha

As part of the ongoing dedication to hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings during World War II, the 18th biennial medical examinations of American survivors of Japanese and Korean descent was held on July 16 and 17 at the Sister Mary Philippa Health Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center San Francisco. Since 1977, the Hiroshima […]

Fundraiser raises awareness of colon cancer

People never expect their family vacations to end with a stay in the hospital. This, however, was the case for the Osaki family. “The day we found out he had cancer was actually on his discharge day [for an emergency appendectomy],” said Paul Osaki, describing the experience of his older brother Glenn. More than 200 […]

OBITUARY: Karen Tomine

SACRAMENTO — Karen Tomine, described as “a dedicated and passionate advocate,” passed away on July 4, 2010 after an eight-year bout with breast cancer. She was 63. “Karen had tried every chemo regimen available over the course of eight years for her HER2-neu breast cancer, including targeted therapies,” her husband Chris told the Nichi Bei […]

Yu-Ai Kai Cancer Forum Aims to Raise Awareness

SAN JOSE — Susan Shinagawa was just 34 years old when she received the devastating news after battling to convince her doctor to give her a biopsy — that she had breast cancer. “The doctor said I was too young and that Asian American women don’t get breast cancer,” said Shinagawa, who spoke as part […]

Breast Cancer Survivor – A Symbol of Hope

As Goldman Sachs Japan Co. managing director, Kathy Matsui tries to “give good advice to investors regarding Japan’s stock market economy — where it’s going and where to invest.” While Matsui is an expert in her field, having been voted top strategist by Institutional Investor in 2000, 2001, and 2006, her road to success was […]

Nikkei Cultural Views Pose Barriers to Cancer Care

***Article missing in dropbox*** Mavis Nitta knows firsthand how important early detection is when it comes to cancer prevention. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so she always says, ‘Make sure you get a mammogram.’ I think I may have a greater risk since she had it,” said Nitta, chronic disease program coordinator at […]

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