Paraguayan president diagnosed with cancer

16:13, August 07, 2010      

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Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo arrives at a political rally in Asuncion August 5, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A minor operation had revealed Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo had cancer, his doctors said Friday.

Health Minister Esperanza Martinez and Lugo's private doctor said Lugo underwent minor surgery to remove a gland in his groin. The doctors found cancer cells on the gland in biopsy.

According to Martinez, Lugo's malignant tumor appears to be in its early stages and cancer cells have not metastasized through the body. The doctors said radiotherapy could be used to treat the disease.

Lugo will travel to a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil for further tests. A therapeutic schedule will be made later on.

Lugo has continued his official business as usual after being discharged from the hospital Wednesday.

Lugo, 59, was elected president in August 2008 and underwent surgery for a swollen prostate in early January.

Source: Xinhua


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