Diaz-Abaya succumbs to cancer (breast cancer) – some learning notes

Diaz-Abaya succumbs to cancer (breast cancer) – some learning notes

Diaz-Abaya succumbs to cancer

MANILA — Multi-awarded filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya passed away at 6:30 P.M. on Monday at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Taguig City, after a five-year battle with cancer, her son Marc said. She was 57.Only last September, Abaya posted this on her Facebook site: “The cancer cells in my brain have been reduced significantly since my radiation program three months ago. I’m off chemo for a whole month.

”Abaya also said she would just take hormone pills, which “would hopefully relieve me from the usual side effects.”She had also planned to be “more physically active during this respite period.” The award-winning director was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Her health improved in 2008.

Abaya’s illness returned the following year. It was gone again in 2010 and recurred in 2011. “Now it’s stage 4, but she’s fighting it,” said Marc in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.Marc, who is an actor and the frontman of the rock band Kwan, also said that “on bad days,” his mother relied on painkillers, but “on good days” she used her time to show support for her sons’ numerous endeavors.In 2001, Diaz-Abaya was awarded the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes. The Fukuoka award is a highly prized honor awarded to Asians who have distinguished themselves in the field of culture.

Her works “blends entertainment, social consciousness, and ethnic awareness,” according to the citation. — Agencies

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Sad news for all who admire the greatness of Ms. Marilou Diaz-Abaya.  My condolence to the members of her family.

Some summarizing statements on breast cancer as derived from the news story above –

Breast cancer can spread to the brain.

Radiation is an option of treatment for breast cancer metastasizing to the brain.

Common happenings in breast cancer: remission – recurrence – remission – recurrence  until …..

Stage 4 means the cancer has spread to a site distant from its origin – in Diaz-Abaya’s case, from the breast to the brain.

Let us all pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Ms. Marilou Diaz-Abaya.

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