I have written about this in my News site – Rudy Fernandez Dies at Age 55. if you want to learn more about the details of Rudy Fernandez’ death, you may click on the link above. Rudy Fernandez died at a very young age of 55. Philippine showbiz will never be the same again without the man they called “Daboy”. But what is the cause of Rudy Fernandez’ death? Peri-ampullary cancer.
According to Joey Villarama of Abs-CBN News, his interview with Dr. Jaime Ignacio, immediate past president of the Philippine Society for Gastroenterology, revealed that peri-ampullary cancer is the growth of tumor in the ampulla, a passage of bile duct in the intestines.
From the liver, bile duct supplies bile to the intestine, the liquid which digest the food in-take of a person. If the ampulla has a tumor, bile doesn’t flow in the intestines resulting in inflammation of the bile duct.
Ignacio said that periampullary cancer is rare. For every 100,000 people, only 100 develop the illness. The cause of the condition is still unknown.
The following symptoms that might indicate periamplullary cancer: weight loss and bleeding of the ampulla which will be evident in a patient’s stool. He added that the patient usually feels no pain.
Ignacio said this type of cancer is not easily detected and it may be too late for the patient once it is finally identified.
“Kadalasan kasi, inaakalang hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer o ibang sakit sa atay ang peri-ampullary cancer kaya hindi ito agad nalalapatan ng tamang lunas,” Ignacio explained.
Treatment options include surgical removal of the tumor or loosening of the obstruction on the bile duct, technically referred to as endoscopic retrograde cholangoi-pancreatography.
In its later stages, peri-ampullary cancer cells spread to the liver. The survival rate is recorded at four out of ten people who are usually declared to be under remission if they remain cancer-free two years after the periampullary cancer was first discovered.
Ignacio advised that to be safe and on guard against periampullary cancer or any other liver condition, a person should see a specialist immediately if he or she manifests jaundice.
Well, we all know that Rudy Fernandez has been battling this type of cancer for a long time. He finally succumbed to the disease. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to Lorna Tolentino and his kids.