Guyana's president diagnosed with cancer


Guyanese President David Granger has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo a brief second phase of a treatment at a hospital in Cuba, his country's ambassador in Havana said.

The 73-year-old president suffers from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Ambassador Halim Majeed said in a statement.

Granger underwent an operation at the Medical Surgical Research Center (CIMEQ) in Havana on Nov. 1 and was discharged five days later, although he has remained at the Guyanese Embassy there ever since.

"The (president) ... has ... begun the second phase of treatment today, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, and he is likely to be placed in CIMEQ for a short period of two to three days," Majeed said.

During the past two weeks, the president has been "working and resting in accordance with the advice he has been receiving from his doctors," the ambassador said, adding that Granger is "in a good frame of mind" and is expected to fully recover.

Granger and wife traveled to Havana at the end of last month, as initially reported, to be treated and find out the cause of his unusual physical discomfort.

The statement explained that the president's disease was diagnosed after several medical examinations at the Cuban medical center.

The president also thanked all those who wished him a full recovery, as well as expressing his thanks to the hospital in Havana.

Granger has been Guyana's president since 2015.

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