LA Tenorio reveals bout with Stage 3 colon cancer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — Barangay Ginebra star guard LA Tenorio has been diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, he announced in a statement posted on the PBA website Tuesday.

"I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. The initial testing three weeks ago led me to instantly miss practices and games. I have completed my surgery last week and will soon undergo treatment for the next few months," he said.

The 38-year-old court general made it clear that he is not yet hanging up his basketball shoes as he believes medical experts from the Philippines and Singapore can help him recover soon.

"I have given not only 17 full years to the PBA, but have dedicated my whole life to basketball. I have committed my body and health for the love of the game. It has been my passion and love. Sadly, there are things beyond one's control," he said.

"I am not yet retiring from the game I love, and with the help of the best doctors in the Philippines and Singapore, I believe I can touch a basketball once more and return stronger," he added.

Tenorio recently missed his first outing after 744 consecutive games, ending the longest streak of matches played by an active PBA player. At the time, he said he was nursing a groin injury.

He apologized for hiding his true condition to the public.

"As most of you are aware I have been nursing a minor injury since the Finals last January. I used that as the reason for my sudden absence. My sincerest apologies to all," he said.

Tenorio said he would come out stronger after this most challenging portion of his life.

"But with my faith, I am lifting everything to God now and I believe there is a higher purpose as I go through this part of my life," he added.