Thursday 4 June, 2020

Peter Phillips treated for stage 3 colon cancer

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tissue from his colon.

A statement by Phillips' medical team revealed that the People's National Party president underwent "complete and successful surgical removal of the cancer on March 23 and is now recovering comfortably at home." 

According to the statement, a health evaluation of Phillips by University Hospital of the West Indies Professor, Terrence Forrester, and Consultant Surgeon, Dr Mark Newnham, resulted in "a diagnosis of stage 3 curable colon cancer."

Phillips will need further preventative treatment in the form of chemotherapy over the next few months, as an outpatient, while he continues his public duties, stated the release.

"Phillips’ medical and surgical teams are optimistic of complete remission based on the worldwide experience of managing this stage," the release said, adding that the Leader of the Opposition will remain on leave for the next two weeks.

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