Derek Fisher's Daughter Fights For Her Life

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    Who Gets Retinoblastoma?

    Retinoblastoma occurs most often in children 5 years and under. It rarely occurs in adults. Between 200 and 300 children are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year, affecting one in every 20,000. About 40% of all cases of retinoblastoma are inherited, meaning the cancer is passed on from parent to child. Retinoblastoma occurs about 75% of the time in one eye, and 25% of the time in both eyes.

    What Are the Symptoms of Retinoblastoma?

    Symptoms of retinoblastoma include:

    • A pupil that appears white when light is shone into it, called leucocoria, may mean that a retinal tumor is present. Blood vessels in the back of the eye will normally reflect red.
    • The eyes may not move or focus in the same direction.
    • Eye pain.
    • The pupil is constantly dilated.
    • Red eye(s).
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  • The daughter of Arkansan and Utah Jazz guard Derek Fisher is fighting for her life. "My twin daughter, 10 months old, she has a rare form of eye cancer in her left eye. And the name of the cancer is retinoblastoma and it's a highly malignant cancer, potentially can be fatal," Fisher explained. After the Jazz's game Wednesday night against Golden State, Fisher talked publicly about his infant daughter's battle with cancer. Fisher has four children, including infant twins. One of those twins, Tatum, was recently diagnosed with a retinoblastoma. She's in a New York hospital. That's why Fisher was absent from Monday’s first game of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals. Tatum had surgery Wednesday to remove the tumor between her eye and brain. Doctors say it was successful. Meanwhile, Fisher made it to Wednesday night's game against Golden State a little after half time. He arrived to a standing ovation, and helped lead the Jazz to an overtime win 127-17. But his mind was still on his family. A reporter asks, "I saw you pumping your fist in victory, what kind of day has this been for you?” “It’s been unbelievable. God is so good. My daughter is doing so well, we had a successful operation in New York, and uh, I flew back - got off the plane and came to the game. I'm speechless,” Fisher said while becoming emotional. Fisher said he didn't know how he made it through the night. He encouraged all parents to have their kids' eyes examined, because he said if he had waited any longer, he could have lost Tatum.

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