Guyana President undergoes cancer treatment in Cuba

Guyana's President David Granger addressing the media at a press conference on Friday, August 31 at the Ministry of the Presidency, Georgetown, Guyana.

Guyana’s President David Granger is currently being treated in Cuba for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a statement released by the South American country’s Embassy in Cuba said on Wednesday evening.

Mr Granger, who has direct responsibility for petroleum in Guyana, arrived in Havana on Tuesday, October 30, initially, for a medical investigation which, the statement said, he deemed necessary because of an unusual physical discomfort.

The Guyanese Head-of-State was received by a Cuban Medical Team which commenced the first phase of medical examination.

Subsequent to a series of medical tests, the President was diagnosed as suffering from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was placed in the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) on Thursday, November 1, where he underwent a surgical procedure, the statement said. On Tuesday, November 6, Mr Granger was discharged from CIMEQ and returned to his official accommodation.

The President’s medical personnel began the second phase of treatment on Wednesday, November 14, and he is likely to be placed in CIMEQ for a short period of two to three days.

During this time, President has been working and resting in accordance with the advice he has been receiving from his doctors, the statement said, adding that he is in fine form and a good frame of mind and is expected to fully recover under the supervision of his doctors.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. Advances in diagnosis and treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have helped improve the prognosis for people with this disease.