17 cancer patients receive treatment through GTT’s Pinktober grants
As the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) continues to support cancer patients in Guyana, 17 cancer patients were privileged to access treatment locally through a $2.2 million grant from GTT’s Pinktober funds.
GTT’s Pinktober Coordinator, Diana Gittens underscored that of the 17 cases, 50 per cent were diagnosed with breast cancer, 33 per cent with cervical cancer, and six per cent with eye, colon, and anorectal cancers respectively.
“We are happy that these patients were able to receive treatment or diagnosis over the past few months through our monthly grants. For those who were able to receive the treatment, over 50 per cent of the cancers were at stage III or above,” said Gittens.
Gittens continued to stress the importance of “early detection”, reiterating the fact that “early screening is important because early detection can save lives and reduces the impact on patients, both financially and emotionally.”
The Pinktober Coordinator explained that as the company continues to execute monthly Pinktober initiatives, several more patients are expected to receive grants for treatment/diagnosis during July.
For World Cancer Day in February 2020, GTT allocated close to $3 million in grants to cancer patients. These grants allowed for diagnostic screening via a Computerised Tomography (CT) scan and radiation treatment.