Dr. Phillips underwent complete and successful surgical removal of the cancer on March 23 and is now recovering comfortably at home.
Pathological examination of the specimen as well as staging procedures have resulted in this curable/Stage 3 diagnosis. Dr. Phillips will need further preventative treatment in the form of chemotherapy over the next few months, as an outpatient, as he continues his public duties.
Dr. Phillips’ medical and surgical teams are optimistic of complete remission based on the worldwide experience of managing this stage.
The Leader of the Opposition will remain on leave for the next two weeks.
In the meantime, the Officers of the People’s National Party having been briefed by the medical and surgical teams attending to Dr. Phillips, have expressed confidence in his full and complete recovery.
Based on the information from the medical team that they have successfully removed cancerous tissue from the colon the officers are satisfied with the diagnosis for recovery. The medical team has also determined that Dr Phillips will be in need of further treatment over the next few months as he continues in his public duties.
The party officers said they fully understood and supported the doctors’ position of not making a public statement before completing their testing and evaluation regime, and are imploring all Jamaicans to support Dr Phillips’ need for privacy to this time as he enters the next phase of recuperation.
The PNP officers are also assuring PNP members and supports that during the next two weeks, while the President is on leave, regular party activities, permissible within the Covid-19, will proceed apace and the party will continue to play it part in ensuring compliance with the national emergency.
Dr Phillips will continue to provide direction and guidance to the party, and will increase his level of public duties on the advice of the medical team.
The Party says it will provide another update on the Leader’s condition, when warranted.
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