Miriam vows to win her fight against lung cancer

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Upbeat after revealing she has lung cancer, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago gamely poses with reporters for pictures after her press conference on Wednesday. The senator said she will undergo chemotheraphy soon.Photo by Edwin Muli

Upbeat after revealing she has lung cancer, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago gamely poses with reporters for pictures after her press conference on Wednesday. The senator said she will undergo chemotheraphy soon.Photo by Edwin Muli

Who’s afraid of cancer?

Not Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago who on Wednesday admitted that she has lung cancer.

Feisty as ever, the senator expressed optimism that she will beat the disease although it is already in stage 4.

She was in high spirits when she made the announcement to the media.


“I am not afraid of cancer. There is nothing I am afraid of,” Santiago stressed.
She said her cancer is not spreading perhaps “because I’m living a healthy life.”

”I don’t smoke, I don’t drink. I don’t commit adultery and tell lies to my husband,” the senator added.

Santiago said her doctors discovered that she has a rare condition called “behavioral mutants.”

She announced that she will undergo a different kind of chemotherapy where, instead of injection, she will be taking a tablet that targets molecules.

”This is some sort of magic tablet and I don’t have to take anything, just a tablet which in effect will give all the benefits of chemotherapy without side effects,” Santiago told Senate reporters.

“I hope to see you in six weeks, fully cured of cancer,” she said.

She explained that the tablet aims to target the mass or tissue that should degenerate, not spread.

“It [the tissue]will just shrink by itself and will no longer be there.”

But if the tablet treatment fails, Santiago will be compelled to seek treatment at the Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

The senator submitted to Senate President Franklin Drilon a request for an indefinite extension of her medical leave.

She attached a two-page medical information signed by Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, senior vice president for medical affairs and chief of the Medical Office of St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Cuanang is the head of the five-man medical team composed of Dr. Juan Javier Lichauco, Dr. Esperanza Cabral, Dr. Brian Michael Cabral and Dr. Monica Cabral.

Treating the Senator
Santiago said her political plans will depend on the results of her treatment.
“I will see because I don’t know yet what the effect of the tablet will be,” she added.
Santiago recently resigned as judge of the International Criminal Court because she continues to suffer from acute chronic fatigue syndrome.

Malacañang also on Wednesday expressed hope that Santiago will recover.

“We are one with the people in praying for the health and recovery of Sen Santiago.

Despite her condition, she has devoted herself to the performance of her duties as a legislator and public servant,” the Palace said in a statement.

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  1. If Sen. Santiago is not a smoker , possibly she may have been exposed to a second hand smoke inhalation to either a member or people who live in her house smoke cigarettes and if her house is air-conditioned, usually all windows in her house is closed and if that is so , pollutants like cigarettes can cause lung cancer and she can be affected very much even tho she doesn’t smoke cigarettes. It is rather healthwise practice to open windows for at least an hour in the morning but don’t forget to leave it open for intruders or burglars may access to it. There is an air purifier that is available in the market (Google to find it)which may help reduce the air pollution inside the house. Just suggestion.

    • she says something about a mutation. some cancers arise from no external cause, like a mutation

  2. Allen Skeen on

    Let me add my best wishes to Sen. Santiago and hope she gets well soon. She is a beacon of hope to us in Australia, always seeking open government.
    Allen Skeen

  3. Senator, kumain ka ng pomegran(ate), at gawing mong tea ang peeling/balat nito. Kumain din guyabano at uminon din ng nilagang dahon nito. Meditation o prayer will help you a lot. Iwasan ang pagkain ng mga karne. E-blender mo ang one stick carrot, one apple at one beet. Take this every morning. Eat lots of oranges too. Wish you good health and long life.