President David Granger has indicated that his chemotherapy schedule that is part of his cancer treatment, will continue until May of next year. He is expected to make a number of trips to Cuba until he completes the treatment there.
The President and his wife left Guyana early this morning for Cuba where he will complete the second cycle of his treatment. He said he intends to return to Guyana by this weekend.
In a statement from his office, President Granger is quoted as saying that he will have to return to Cuba at the end of December for another round of the chemotherapy treatment.
“In my first visit, I had not only the biopsy but a series of tests and examinations and I also had my first cycle of chemotherapy. I now have to return for succeeding five cycles, so this is the second cycle and I hope to return much more quickly than I did the first visit because this is simply the administration of chemotherapy so presumably after the tests which will be done today, Tuesday, I will have the chemotherapy and return by weekend,” President Granger said.
He said he expects that by the start of the new year, his my progress will be sufficient to allow him to take on more duties. He has scaled back on his Presidential duties since returning from his first round of treatment in Cuba a few weeks ago.
Before leaving the country this morning, the President also said he is thankful and grateful for all the well wishes that are being offered to him.
He said “I think my illness, although personally unfortunate, has brought forth a response by the Guyanese public, not to a politician, not to a political leader, but to a national President. I think they feel the presidency is what is being jeopardised by this threat to my health and I think what I have seen so far, both privately and publicly, are favourable national concern that the Head of State, whomever he may be, should enjoy the best health”.
The President was diagnosed with non-hodgkin lymphoma back in early November and began treatment in Cuba immediately.
Although he has scaled back from some duties, his office has indicated that he remains in control of the state machinery. He has been in contact with his cabinet and other senior government officials regularly.