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Cortizo  will go to Houston for health tests


Posted 20/06/2022

Panama President,  Laurentino Cortizo, announced Monday after tests that a made every six months that he has an “intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndrome”, for which his doctors “recommended a second specialized evaluation, with molecular biology tests held in Houston, Texas after July 1”.

"Every six months the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, is subject to routine and complete blood tests. The last blood test that was carried out at the end of May showed that everything was fine, with the exception of a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell count," Cortizo said in a short announcement from the Presidency.

"As a result of this, his family doctor, Héctor Sánchez, recommended that the President consult with doctors José Luis Franceschi and Ricardo Díaz, recognized specialists of the national medical body. In the respective medical appointment, both doctors considered it opportune to make an aspiration and bone marrow biopsy," Cortizo added.

President Cortizo indicated that "the samples taken were sent to a specialized laboratory in the United States of America."

On Thursday, June 16, the President and the First Lady, Yazmín Colón de Cortizo, met with doctors Franceschi and Díaz, who informed them that the diagnosis given is an intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndrome.

In this sense, doctors Franceschi and Díaz recommended a second specialized evaluation, with molecular biology tests, which will be carried out in Houston, Texas after July 1, when the President attends the National Assembly to render the Report. to the Nation.

Doctors Franceschi and Díaz certified that: "the physical examination of Mr. President is normal and he is in excellent general condition."

The evolution of the health condition of the President will be promptly communicated to the population, to the extent necessary reports TVN.


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We have the head of Minsa go outside of Panama earlier this year for health care, and now the president as well. What does this say about the confidence of the big-Whigs in PC about the status of health care in Panama? Just curious.

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First Lady speaks on President’s health

Posted 22/06/2022

The first lady, Yazmín Colón de Cortizo, assured that her husband, President, Laurentino Cortizo, "feels very well", while reporting that the trip they will make to the United States is only to carry out more in depth examinations, after that in regular review studies it was detected that "he has anemia" reports TVN.

“He feels good, he doesn't feel at all, he doesn't feel tired, he has much more energy than me, he has more energy than me. He is a man who has a lot of strength, ” she said.

She said that he is already being treated by Panamanian doctors but  will travel to the United States to carry out more in-depth studies.

President Cortizo's statements about his state of health have generated many theories of scenarios that could be presented in the event that he has to leaveoffice.

However, Colón de Cortizo emphasized that they will travel to the United States, not for a second opinion, but rather to carry out more in-depth examinations

She said that the president already treats himself with Panamanian

doctors , and they do not doubt the diagnosis they have made, only that he he seeks a second opinion.


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President Cortizo heading to Houston for medical follow-up

Posted 11/11/2022

President, Laurentino Cortizo, will travel on Friday, November 11, to  Houston, Texas, for a medical follow-up to his first trip made in July.

Cortizo was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and will be evaluated in the United States

This is because of the low-risk myelodysplasia that was diagnosed by his doctors. Myelodysplasia refers to a group of disorders related to the body's inability to produce enough normal blood cells. These cells are produced by the bone marrow, the spongy material inside bones.

The Presidency said that this is the first medical evaluation that Cortizo will undergo, after starting the treatment recommended by specialists at MD Anderson in Houston.

A  Presidency statement said that the Panamanian president "is in good health."

Cortizo, 69, will travel on the presidential plane and will remain in the United States until Thursday, November 17, the day he will return to Panama


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Cortizo returns to his desk after a medical follow-up


Posted 18/11/2022

Panama President Laurentino  Cortizo was back at his desk on Friday, November 18 after returning from Houston, Texas where he had been for a medical follow-up. 

He has shown a very good response to treatment against the low-risk myelodysplasia that afflicts him. He returned to Panama on Thursday, after staying for several days where he was evaluated by specialists from MD Anderson in that city, as part of the treatment started in last July, due to the low-risk myelodysplasia that he was diagnosed with.

The team of specialists that cares for the president announced that the state of health of the President, after undergoing a rigorous medical evaluation, is satisfactory. The results of the tests conducted in Houston report a very good response to treatment. positive hematological response (increase in hemoglobin).

 The bone marrow analysis is consistent with a complete remission and treatment must continue. The President has returned to his usual duties at the Presidency.


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Cortizo Texas-bound for medical check-up


President Laurentino Cortizo traveled to the city of Houston, Texas, on Monday to continue the medical treatment established by specialists at MD Anderson Hospital, according to information from the Office of the Presidency They stressed that this is the second medical evaluation that Cortizo will undergo, after starting treatment due to low-risk myelodysplasia diagnosed by his doctors in July of last year. The Head of State will travel on the presidential plane and return to Panama on Wednesday the 24th to continue with his daily work schedule.

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President Cortizo  hospitalized overnight


President Cortizo participated in the Disaster Exercise.

Posted 14/06/2023

President Laurentino Cortizo suffered a "slight dizziness" on Tuesday, June 13, and spent the night hospitalized and is stable, the Presidency reported Wednesday morning.

It was not communicated which hospital the president is in and who the doctor who examined him was, but the Presidency indicates that at noon, Cortizo will be able to resume "his usual schedule."

Cortizo had dizziness on Tuesday night and it was his personal doctor (whose name the Presidency does not specify) who recommended that he be evaluated by his cardiologist at the hospital. Once there, it was considered prudent to keep him "under observation" and carry out the "corresponding" tests, which yielded satisfactory results.

One year ago, exactly, Cortizo was diagnosed with intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndrome and since then he has been treated by specialists at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas, United States. The last time was a month ago.

On May 24, he returned to the country and the Presidency reported that Cortizo was responding very well to the treatment for myelodysplasia: the doctors had found an increase in hemoglobin levels to normal values, the bone marrow analysis is consistent with a remission complete and a follow-up appointment was scheduled in the next six months.

Yesterday before feeling the discomfort, Cortizo participated in the disaster drill and received the Veraguas children's team at the Presidency that was crowned champion of the XLVII National Children's Baseball Tournament 2023 and that will represent Panama in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania reports La Prensa.

He also participated in a "follow-up" cabinet, with the ministers of Housing, Public Works, and Health, among others.

Last Sunday, he went to vote at the Richard Neumann school, with his wife Yazmín, in the primaries of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), in which Vice President, José Gabriel Carrizo, won the group's presidential candidacy, in May of 2024.


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Cortizo goes to US for medical check-up


Posted 03/12/2023

The President of the Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, traveled to the United States this Sunday afternoon, December 3, 2023, to undergo control and evaluation exams at MD Anderson, a medical institution and research center dedicated to the treatment of cancer. which is located in Houston, Texas.

The Panamanian president, 70 years old, will undergo a new medical evaluation, due to the myelodysplastic syndrome that was diagnosed last year, it was reported.

The medical examinations will take place on Monday, December 4, while ruler Cortizo will return to the country on Tuesday, December 5.

The president of Panama traveled to the city of Houston in the company of the first lady Yazmín Colón de Cortizo.


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Cortizo back from cancer check up


Posted 06/12/2023

Panama President Laurentino Cortizo, traveled last Sunday, December 3, to the United States, to undergo control and evaluation exams at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas located in Houston announced by the Ministry of the Presidency. It reported the arrival of President Cortizo to Panamanian soil on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 5.

The president underwent a new medical evaluation for the Myelodysplastic Syndrome that he suffers from, which was diagnosed in July 2022. The test results obtained before leaving Houston were satisfactory and the disease continues to remain in remission.       

MD Anderson specialists recommended the president continue with the treatment.

What is myelodysplasia?

According to medical research, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is associated with a series of diseases characterized by alterations in the maturation and growth of red blood cells in the bone marrow, leading to poor red blood cell production and subsequent anemia. They can also be associated with alterations in the production of white blood cells and platelets. The myelodysplastic syndrome can affect different types of cells, although the most common finding is a shortage of red blood cells (anemia). It is considered a type of cancer.

Treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes is usually aimed at slowing the disease, relieving symptoms, and preventing complications. Common measures include blood transfusions and medications to stimulate blood cell production. In certain situations, a bone marrow transplant, also known as a stem cell transplant, may be recommended to replace bone marrow with healthy bone marrow from a donor


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