Saturday, November 14, 2009

Karen Davilla discovers life after cancer on The Correspondents 11th Anniversary

The killer Cancer, for the longest time, has been a death sentence, a nightmare for even those who are wide awake, for both the victims and their families. It was a quick ticket headed to a place where people wear no hair, injections become part of a daily routine and where deterioration accelerates geometrically. Statistics show 104 people die of cancer each day, four in every hour. This is a place—with no exits. That was then.

Until correspondent Karen Davila traveled to Fuda Cancer Hospital, in the City of Guangzhou China, a fast-rising mecca for cancer-patient hopefuls from different corners of the world, with one wish: to find a cure, the key to a better life.

With its state-of-the-art technology and backed up by one of the most advanced researches done in the field of cancer—Fuda Cancer Hospital is proud to introduce the new cryo-surgery. The tumor is injected with cryoprobe that causes the tumor to harden. The hardened tumor is then melted. Meanwhile, remaining tumor particles then undergo the brachytherapy where radioactive iodine seeds are injected into the particles, completely ridding the body of these cancer cells.

It is at this point in their lives that we met with Nestor Bonifacio, 69 years old. He almost lost his ability to talk and walk, he is no stranger to cancer treatments and medicine from America, then he found Fuda. Today he is a stage-4 prostate cancer survivor.

Kathleen David, 41 years old, cancer started spreading from her breast to her brain, eyes, lungs and liver. She has undergone numerous chemotherapies to no avail, then she found Fuda. Today, she is a breast cancer survivor.

While others share stories of success in the treatment of cancer, Conchita, 66 years old, stricken with stage 4 lung cancer---is still in the process of writing her own cancer survival story--- as she continues her treatment at Fuda.

As the statistics of cancer deaths continue to rise, and it is only logical that it will continue to do so in the next few years--- a new statistic is undeniably taking form. A statistic that tells us: “yes, it can be cured” and ultimately: “yes, there is life after cancer.” Now that is the statistic everyone looks forward to getting!

This November, in celebration of “The Correspondents’” 11 years on-air, 11 years of unprecedented tradition of excellence in journalism, 11 years of commitment in bringing you the latest and most comprehensive reviews of the issues that matter today --- together with Karen Davila, we take you to Guangzhou, China, to a place where cancer is not spelled as E-N-D, but as H-O-P-E.

Watch “The Correspondents’” 11th anniversary presentation on Tuesday (Nov 17), right after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN.

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