Guyana President Scales Back Official Duties as He Fights Cancer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday November 26, 2018 – One week after his shock diagnosis of cancer was announced, President of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger is scaling back his public appearances to focus on his health.

“President David Granger, consistent with advice from his team of specialist doctors at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas (CIMEQ) in Havana, Cuba, continues to take precautionary measures in light of his recent diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

“As such, due to his continued treatment, the Head of State’s public engagements have been reduced. Notwithstanding, President Granger continues to perform his duties,” according to an official statement released by the president’s office on Sunday, November 25.

The 73-year-old president and his wife returned to Guyana from the Republic of Cuba on November 20, 2018, and confirmed that he had been undergoing tests and treatments for the cancer there over the course of approximately three weeks.

The stage of the cancer has not been revealed but Sunday’s statement noted that given the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, the President’s medical team performed a number of medical interventions including the first round of chemotherapy treatment. The President has responded well to the treatment and was given approval to return to Guyana.

The disease, which is a form of blood cancer that can develop in the lymphatic system, has an average survival rate of 71 per cent if caught and treated at an early stage according to the American Cancer Society. However, age can be a complicating risk factor in persons older than 60.