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Brazil’s Silva has cancerous tumor in larynx
SAO PAULO (AP) - Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will undergo chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor in his larynx, doctors said Saturday.
The tumor was detected earlier in the day during an examination at Sao Paulo’s Sirio Libanes Hospital, the hospital said in a statement, which added that Silva will begin outpatient treatment in the coming week.
He said the tumor was not very big and characterized Silva’s chances of a full recovery as excellent.
Jose Crispiniano, spokesman for the Lula Institute, a nongovernmental organization founded by the 66-year-old Silva after he left office Jan. 1, said the former president went to the hospital for a checkup because his throat was hurting him. He said Silva expected to begin chemotherapy Monday.
“Those of us participating in this summit can only lend our solidarity and be there for him during his treatment,” he said at a news conference.
Silva, known as “Lula” in Brazil and abroad, was elected president of Brazil in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. Under his leadership, Brazil experienced solid growth: The country’s international reserves ballooned from $38 billion in 2002 to $240 billion by the end of 2009, inflation was tamed, 20 million people were lifted from poverty and nearly 40 million moved into the middle class.
Unemployment in Brazil hit a record low under Silva, and the country’s currency more than doubled against the U.S. dollar. Silva also helped the nation win the right to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the first-ever to be held in South America.
“President Lula is a leader, a symbol and an example for all of us,” Rousseff said in a statement. “I am sure that his strength, determination and capacity to overcome all sorts of adversities will help him win this new challenge.”
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