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Brazil's Lula fears losing voice more than dying from cancer: report

(Xinhua)

10:00, March 31, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he was more afraid of losing his voice than dying from cancer, local daily Folha de Sao Paulo said on Friday.

"If I lost my voice, I would be dead," the former president, who was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer last year, said in an interview with Folha.

Lula said that he suffered from severe nausea during the four months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, which he qualified as devastating.

Earlier this week, Lula's physicians said the laryngeal tumor which affected the former president can no longer be seen. Lula will continue to undergo speech therapy sessions in the Sirio- Libanes Hospital, in Sao Paulo, as well as have periodical physical tests. He can only be pronounced cured after five years.

The former president still doesn't know when he will resume his political schedule. Lula, an influential figure in Brazil, has already said he did not intend to run for any posts in the 2014 presidential and state government elections.

Lula stressed that his biggest wish was to help his successor, Brazil's current president Dilma Rousseff.

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