LA Tenorio is now cancer-free. Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone shared the good news on Tuesday, September 20, at Gilas Pilipinas’ lineup press conference.
He said Tenorio had his last PET (positron emission tomography) scan in Singapore on Tuesday and was declared cancer-free. Cone also revealed that the doctors allowed the basketball star to join practices in “three or four days.”
Tenorio also confirmed the news on X, formerly Twitter, as he reposted Inquirer Sports’ post about him being cancer-free with a caption, “God is good!”
— L.A Tenorio (@LA_Tenorio) September 19, 2023
Meanwhile, in an Instagram post, he shared a photo of him at the Parkway Cancer Center in Singapore and talked about his battle with cancer.
He said the past eight months were challenging for him and his family, then recalled that February 2023 was “one of the hardest periods” of his life.
“My journey—from the tests, the surgery, the official diagnosis, to the 12 sessions of chemotherapy—was an experience I will never forget, it’s the kind that marks us and gives us different perspectives in life,” he added.
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The eight-time PBA champion thanked everyone who prayed for his recovery, “For those who were my prayer warriors, for those who showed me so much love and support… Know that I am forever grateful to all of you,”
He happily announced that he’s now returning to basketball “this time with a higher purpose” and hoped to help inspire people through it.
“I can’t wait to touch basketball once again. This is my story. And I’m ready to enter the next chapter of my life,” he concluded.
Tenorio was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in March 2023, forcing him to take a break from his basketball career.
He will participate in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, happening this month, as part of the coaching staff of Gilas Pilipinas.