LA Tenorio Declared Cancer-Free After Brave Battle
LA Tenorio, the Barangay Ginebra playmaker, has emerged as a true warrior and winner, not just on the basketball court, but also in life. After a six-month battle against cancer, Tenorio has now been declared cancer-free.
The good news was announced by Kings head coach Tim Cone during a joint press conference with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and PBA regarding Gilas Pilipinas’ participation in the 19th Asian Games. Tenorio was originally set to be part of the team as an assistant coach.
“We just got really good news on LA by the way, his last PET scan he took today in Singapore. He is in Singapore right now. And he is cancer-free,” Cone revealed.
“He is finished with all of his chemo sessions and he has been declared cancer-free. And they told him that within days, he can start practicing. In three or four days, he can start practice,” Cone added.
Tenorio took to social media to repost the news of his recovery, expressing his gratitude with the caption ‘God is Good.’
In March, the 39-year-old guard revealed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, which led him to take a break from basketball. Since then, Tenorio has been traveling back and forth between the Philippines and Singapore for his treatment and chemotherapy sessions.
The timing of the news is perfect, as Tenorio had planned to make his return to basketball in October or at the start of the new PBA season.
Cone even admitted that he had considered adding Tenorio to the Gilas lineup, but unfortunately, he was not included in the 37-man list submitted to the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC). Cone expressed regret at not being able to include Tenorio, stating, “I would’ve put him in the Asian Games team if he had been on the list because he knows our system better than anybody. He would’ve been great but sayang, he’s not on the list.”
With Tenorio now cancer-free, basketball fans can look forward to seeing him back in action soon, bringing his warrior spirit and winning mentality to the court once again.