‘Chemo drugs are brutal….’ Kibra MP Ken Okoth says on his battle with cancer


'Chemo drugs are brutal....' Kibra MP Ken Okoth says on his battle with cancer
Kibra MP Ken Okoth

In Summary

  • Okoth revealed his Cancer diagnosis in February indicating that the condition was discovered at a very advanced stage it cannot be cured, just managed.
  • Colorectal cancer develops from both the colon and rectum regarded as the second and third leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men.
  • Since his diagnosis, he has has been pushing for the improvements of healthcare in the country narrating how he was forced to seek treatment in Europe since Kenya has very few facilities that care for cancer at such an advanced stage.

By Consolata Sigar

Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth is battling Colorectal Cancer with every fiber in his body and he seems to be approaching it with a lot of optimism.

Okoth revealed his Cancer diagnosis in February indicating that the condition was discovered at a very advanced stage it cannot be cured, just managed.

On Tuesday, the 41-year-old legislator took to his Twitter to give an update on his continued fight against cancer.

Napambana na hali yangu kabisa. (I’m fighting with it). Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immunity system.” he tweeted.

He was responding to a Twitter user who had tweeted him asking about his condition.

Kenyans rallied behind the legislator wishing him well.

Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan, in his wishes, asked Mr. Okoth to be “strong and courageous.”

“Dearest Ken, Our thoughts are with you as you battle with this disease.The whole of Kenya is behind you and sends you strength. You’re a fighter and I’ve no doubt that you will defeat it and emerge the victor. Be strong and courageous.”

Colorectal cancer develops from both the colon and rectum regarded as the second and third leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men.

Before the diagnosis, Okoth told a local daily how he was on treatment for ulcers and bacterial infections for about a year not knowing he had cancer. He had also been put on pills to manage stress and anxiety.

Since his diagnosis, he has has been pushing for the improvements of healthcare in the country narrating how he was forced to seek treatment in Europe since Kenya has very few facilities that care for cancer at such an advanced stage.

Given a choice to either go to the U.S or Europe, he settled for Europe since his wife is from Europe and he could easily get a residence permit and it is much cheaper.

Last year, Okoth was put through vigorous treatment that combined radio and chemotherapy to avert the impending risk of organ failure.

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