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.