Cancer cases have been on the increase in Kenya,the sad fact being that it affects people of all social standings and all ages leaving families in anguish.
Below are prominent Kenyans whom you might not know are battling cancer
1 .Chris Kirubi
City tycoon Chris Kirubi recently joined millions in encouraging those battling with different types of cancer and he tweeted:
“I look forward to a day when this world will be cancer free, Lets beat cancer together”
Kirubi has been battling acute cancer of the colon. He is still under medication even as he fights to regain back his good health.
2. Bob Collymore
Speaking during a television interview with Jeff Koinange, Collymore divulged that by the time it was diagnosed, doctors told him he had it for 6 months.
“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.”
3. Kenneth Okoth
Kibra MP Kenneth recently opened up about his battle with stage four cancer,The admission came as a shock to many even as millions took their time to wish him good health.
God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.
Former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua was battling Pancreatic cancer before losing his life while receiving treatment at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
5. Big Kev
Kevin Ombajo the CEO of Trublaq and former Capital FM employee had been battling brain cancer which left him in and out of hospitals.
Sadly he lost the battle almost 2 years ago but before his untimely death he had under gone more than 10 surgeries with the last on e leaving him blind .
He was diagnosed with optic atrophy a condition that leaves its sufferers blind after the optic nerves dry up.
6. Anyang Nyongo
In an article dubbed ‘My journey with Prostrate Cancer’, Nyongo narrated how the diagnosis came about adding that receiving the news was not easy.
“In June, last year (2010), although I was not due for my annual medical examination until July 29 that year, I decided to have the check-up a month in advance, as I was not comfortable with the constant rise of the PSA.
The result of the medical exam revealed that the PSA was still rising; hence possibilities of cancer could no longer be ruled out. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which revealed prostate cancer that was rather aggressive in its progression.”
“The news was, no doubt, not very easy to take. My urologist decided to put me immediately on hormone therapy. This is an injection that drastically reduces the production of testosterone, a male hormone, which acts as a fertilizer for the prostate cancer cells.
When testosterone is removed or drastically reduced, the cancer cells go into shock, and some of them actually die. Hormone therapy is therefore a good emergency measure to stop the growth of the cancer while a more lasting solution is being sought.”