LA Tenorio is battling Stage Three colon cancer

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la tenorio is battling stage three colon cancer

The ‘Ironman’ of the PBA is facing the greatest challenge of his life.

Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio, 38, has been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer, according to a statement posted on the PBA website.

The former Ateneo star issued the statement on Tuesday, apologizing to the public for keeping his first diagnosis a secret for three weeks as he missed PBA Governors’ Cup games with the Gin Kings.

When announcing his surgery on March 8, his team stated that it was for a “aggravated sports hernia” and that Ginebra expected their starting point guard to return in “three to four weeks.”

“I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer very lately. Three weeks ago, the initial examination caused me to immediately miss training and games.” Tenorio stated, “I have completed my operation and will soon begin treatment for the next six months.”

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Tenorio made it apparent that he is not yet retiring from basketball, stating that he expects to recover soon with the assistance of physicians from the Philippines and Singapore.

“I have not only devoted 17 years to the PBA, but also my entire life to basketball. I have sacrificed my health and body for the love of the game. That has been my love and passion. Unfortunately, there are things one cannot control,” stated Tenorio.

After 744 consecutive games, the 5-8 guard from Batangas missed his first PBA game on March 1, ending the greatest string of consecutive games played by a PBA player.

Tenorio stated that he missed the game due to a groin issue at the time. But, Tenorio revealed on Tuesday that he concealed the true cause for his absence.

He expressed regret for concealing his genuine position from the public.

“I would like to release a statement regarding my health by first apologizing to my colleagues, some coaches, the PBA, the fans, the media, and even my friends. As most of you are aware, I have been recovering from a minor injury since last January’s Finals. This was my explanation for my unexpected absence. My deepest apologies to everyone.”

Tenorio stated, “Since my work in sports is intertwined with health and entertainment, it will be extremely impossible to keep the genuine reason a secret and will only lead to needless rumors, fake news, and misinterpretations.”

Tenorio, 38, expressed confidence that he will recover and be stronger than before.

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