Guyana now providing radiation therapy

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The Cancer Institute of Guyana (CIG) has received the relevant authorization to administer radiation therapy to cancer patients.

The Government Information Agency (GINA) said in a press release on Tuesday night that Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran, under the Health Facilities Licensing Act 2007 issued the institute with a provisional license that allows it to operate an oncology clinic with radiation therapy.  This follows a recent evaluation that shows CIG is in compliance with requirements under the Health Facilities Licensing Act 2007, to provide radiation services.

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Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran hands over the provisional license to Fiona Legall of the Cancer Institute, at the Ministry of Health

Ramsaran presented the license on Tuesday to CIG General Manager, Fiona Legall at the Ministry of Health.

The provisional license allows CIG to conduct teletherapy in Guyana for the next three months. This is the most recognized type of radiation therapy, which uses a source outside the body to treat cancer. These techniques are noninvasive procedures most often associated with daily radiation treatments using ionizing radiation (X-rays).

CIG opened its doors in 2006 in the compound of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and has been working towards licensing since 2009.

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