Battling cancer, Zsa Zsa worried about Zia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2012 11:32 AM | Updated as of Aug 21 2012 09:27 AM

Zia Quizon with Zsa Zsa Padilla
MANILA, Philippines -- Singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla, who has been diagnosed with stage one cancer in the kidneys, admitted that she is worried for her daughter Zia Quizon.

"Kawawa si Zia kasi both sides na siya may cancer ang family. There is a test pala to see if you will get it. The test is called genetic testing and molecular biomarkers," she said through her good friend Kris Aquino.

"She is strong like me. She doesn't cry. She said she still feels kinda numb because of her Papa's death so she thinks it came at a right time pa rin," she added.

Padilla also shared more details about her health condition, saying she had been told that she wouldn't need to undergo chemotherapy after her surgery slated next week at the Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Padilla also said it was good that the cancer was detected early.

"Actually, first check up pa lang, when they saw my old films from Manila, Dr. Fuchs told me it's malignant. I had blood works and a CT scan yesterday with and without the dye and it still showed the same thing. Almost three-centimeter tumor. He wants to take it out. After surgery, I was told I wouldn't need anything else -- no chemo or radition since stage one pa lang. Thank God, naagapan," Padilla said.

The singer said she will undergo laparoscopic surgery.

"Laparoscopic surgery will be performed -- four holes. Two days sa hospital then follow up. After a week I can fly out na. I can work after four weeks, faster recovery. At least I can go back to work," she added.

"After six months follow up, unless the pathologist says otherwise -- meaning if it isn't stage one after biopsy -- then every year check-up na ako. What I have is T1A, it's a low for of stage one cancer, unless the pathologist says otherwise after surgery."

Padilla's doctor is the same one who performed lithotripsy on her long-time partner Dolphy in the 1990s.

"I have trust and faith in him because Dolphy was his patient when he was still practicing in UCLA until the time he moved to Cedar Sinai," she said.

Meanwhile, Padilla thanked all the Filipinos who are praying for her recovery.

"I'm happy people are praying for me. I really need it. When I get home, I no longer want to say I have cancer. After surgery, I want to be able to say I am a cancer survivor. Thanks for being strong for me," Padilla said.

Aquino said she will bring Padilla to the Holy Land next year to thank God for her successful battle against Cancer.

"Sabi ko magho-Holy land tayo next year kapag nalagpasan ito. Kailangan tayong pumunta doon at magpapasalamat tayo ng bonggang bongga," Aquino said.

"So sa lahat ng mga nagaalala kay Zsa Zsa, let's continue to pray," she added.