President Mugabe’s health woes not getting better – source

BRIEF UPDATE: We have just received the news that President Robert Mugabe’s treatment for prostate cancer has not been going on well and there are reports of unexpected complications and all plans for the nationwide birthday bash have been put on hold, an inside source revealed this afternoon.

President Mugabe left for Singapore in a rush last Friday night after collapsing at his mansion in Harare and he has been undergoing heavy radiation therapy all week.

Mugabe was supposed to have jetted back on Thursday afternoon but his Doctors have asked for more time to closely monitor his recuperation after a physically exhausting therapy which left him tired and battered. 

We could not verify the information spreading around that the President’s birthday bash scheduled for Masvingo Tow on Monday might be cancelled but our source said the President might have to take heavy sedatives if he is to attend.

President Mugabe has already gone through the primary cure stages of prostate cancer ranging from surgery, radiation therapy, and proton therapy, which are the first treatment options. As complications develop, other treatments available to him are hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, cryosurgery, and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) also exist, depending on the clinical scenario and desired outcome.Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing; however, there are cases of aggressive prostate cancers. The cancer cells may metastasize (spread) from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. Prostate cancer may cause pain, difficulty in urinating, problems during sexual intercourse, or erectile dysfunction. Other symptoms can potentially develop during later stages of the disease.

Rates of detection of prostate cancers vary widely across the world, with South and East Asia detecting less frequently than in Europe, and especially the United States.

Prostate cancer tends to develop in men over the age of fifty and although it is one of the most prevalent types of cancer in men, many never have symptoms, undergo no therapy, and eventually die of other causes.

This is because cancer of the prostate is, in most cases, slow-growing, symptom-free, and since men with the condition are older they often die of causes unrelated to the prostate cancer, such as heart/circulatory disease, pneumonia, other unconnected cancers, or old age. About 2/3 of cases are slow growing, the other third more aggressive and fast developing.

Many factors, including genetics and diet, have been implicated in the development of prostate cancer. The presence of prostate cancer may be indicated by symptoms, physical examination, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), or biopsy. The PSA test increases cancer detection but does not decrease mortality. Suspected prostate cancer is typically confirmed by taking a biopsy of the prostate and examining it under a microscope. Further tests, such as CT scans and bone scans, may be performed to determine whether prostate cancer has spread.

The age and underlying health of the man, the extent of metastasis, appearance under the microscope, and response of the cancer to initial treatment are important in determining the outcome of the disease. The decision whether or not to treat localized prostate cancer (a tumour that is contained within the prostate) with curative intent is a

patient trade-off between the expected beneficial and harmful effects in terms of patient survival and quality of life.

Meanwhile, in the last few days, The Zimbabwe Mail editorial team has been engaged in unsavoury discussions with President’s spokesman George Charamba.

Mr Charamba was on a fishing expedition to find out who is feeding us with the accurate information about the President’s deteriorating health.

Impeccable sources have disclosed that a high level investigation team has been set up to search for the mole leaking accurate information about President.

Meanwhile, in Harare three Zanu PF supporters were seriously injured during the week and petrol bombs used in deadly internal party clashes involving three groups aligned to Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, retired General Solomon Mujuru, and one led by Youth and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere amid reports of bitter open power struggles which have since flared-up on the back of the President’s health woes, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.

Dozens of party Youths bussed in from rural areas were sleeping at a Harare house preparing to launch attacks on another group and a counter-attack was organised by rival youths who threw petrol bombs in the house and meanwhile, another group attacked the offices of the embattled former ruling party injuring dozens and scored where injured in the violent attacks..