Friday, May 27, 2022

Type of deadly cancer late Chris Kirubi succumbed to

Chris Kirubi Cancer: Kenyan billionaire Chris Kirubi is dead. Kirubi died after a long battle against cancer. Two years ago, the late billionaire who has always been quite secretive about his private life opened up on his fight and struggle with cancer, which was believed to be cancer of the colon.

Colorectal cancer is currently the third most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. It is also referred to as cancer of the colon. Medical journal, Mayo Clinic, says that unlike colon cancer, colorectal cancer combines both colon cancer and rectal cancer – a type of cancer that begins in the human rectum. Some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in the stool, changes in stool consistency, changes in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation, abdominal discomfort such as gases or pain or cramps and unexplained weight loss. Nonetheless, 50 per cent of people with colorectal cancer do not report any notable symptoms unless screening is done. In Kenya, colon cancer is among the top cancers affecting both men and women. The number of new cases estimated at 2,316 and deaths at 1,466, according World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Kirubi had revealed that his cancer diagnosis was made by a mistake! In a video, Mr. Kirubi went on to share the ups and downs he has faced in his struggle with the deadly disease. The diagnosis was done after his doctor paid him a visit at his Kitisuru home in 2018 to check up on a fever he had complained about.

“They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the Emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital. I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation. When they finally finished, they broke the news to me that I had stage two cancer, which was affecting my internal organs including the lungs and kidneys. They said I needed to fly out of the country urgently for treatment,” he said.

Fresh photos showing Chris Kirubi’s battle with cancer

Mr. Kirubi then flew to Boston in the US where doctors ran further checks and started treatment. “These are some of the best oncologists you can get and I’m lucky that I made it there. What followed was a struggle. It was painful, unsettling and the medication was sometimes very strong,” he said. “I never lost faith and people came to pray for me. With time I began to improve. My body was weak yet I had to continue with the medication. It was not easy.”

Once he recovered, doctors discharged him and the business mogul flew back home where he continued with the treatment at home. Because his immunity is low, visitors were restricted from visiting him. “It has been a traumatic journey full of challenges. I encourage anyone fighting cancer not to lose hope. Pray but also seek treatment,” he said.

Kirubi then urged to Kenyans to undertake regular medical examinations. “I hope that when you see me and think of me, you remember that cancer is treatable and curable. Go to your doctor and prompt them to profile your blood for cancer cells. We will only defeat cancer if we do something about it and I truly believe we can start with regular cancer screening tests which can catch some cancers early, when they are small, have not spread and are easier to treat. I know that cancer diagnosis can be very devastating to the person who is receiving the news and the people close to them. I have been on the receiving end myself,” he said. “For those who are battling cancer, I would like to urge you to continue fighting, maintain a positive attitude and take things a day at a time. We shall continue to draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. Do not give up. There is hope.” he said.

 

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