Swimmer Rikako Ikee (C), who is fighting a battle against leukemia, is pictured at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Tokyo on Friday, watching the Inter College Swimming Championships. Photo: KYODO
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Swimming star Ikee makes 1st public appearance since leukemia diagnosis

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Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee, who is continuing treatment for leukemia, watched a college swim meet Friday in her first public appearance since revealing her diagnosis in February.

The 19-year-old, who was temporarily discharged from hospital, cheered for her Nihon University teammates at the Inter College Swimming Championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

Wearing a face mask and blue Nihon University T-shirt, Ikee sat among her teammates while watching the meet.

The holder of several national records, Ikee has put all swimming-related activities on hold to focus on her treatment. She enrolled at Nihon University's College of Sports Sciences in April.

Ikee was feeling well enough on Friday to attend the meet, and her management agency said she had a strong desire to see her teammates compete.

Ikee shot to fame at last summer's Asian Games in Indonesia, where she was named the first female MVP after becoming the first swimmer to win six gold medals, all in games-record times.

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Good for her, get well soon.

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Good luck Ikee Rikkao. We are cheering for you.

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A nurse in Canada named Rene Caisse who worked with Cancer patients came up with a formula she named Essiac tea that she gave to her patients to cure them of cancer.

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Wonderful news. Ganbatte kudasai !

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Cancer patients came up with a formula she named Essiac tea that she gave to her patients to cure them of cancer.

\ no such tea exist that can cure cancer, there is no medical evidence to prove it is even legitimate. Alternative medicines is basically what killed Steve Jobs, when he realized it wasnt working it was too late to try the scientific approach.

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actually when doctors convinced Jobs to go off his vegan diet which was holding his pancreatic cancer at bay he died, so the culprit was "modern" medicine culture against accepting factual information outside BigPharma.

Use what works. Tea alone won't do it against cancer but it can help and including it in a multi pronged approach including things that also work is needed....if it's not too late

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actually when doctors convinced Jobs to go off his vegan diet which was holding his pancreatic cancer at bay he died

Count me as one of the skeptics as to their being actual scientific evidence to have supported this assertion. I'd bet that it's something someone who didn't have access to him during his life, or after his death, who made this claim.

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my dear sister speedy Recovery for illness i am praying god everyday.

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Great news, and so great to see people cheering her on. Mori will still be upset it's likely a loss of a gold, but hopefully he's not around by 2020.

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Glad to see her looking health. I am rooting for her but still a tough battle ahead. Best wishes to her and all patients.

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