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Lula da Silva diagnosed with throat cancer and must undergo chemotherapy

Saturday, October 29th 2011 - 19:20 UTC
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The folksy leader left office with an approval rating of 87% The folksy leader left office with an approval rating of 87%

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was diagnosed with throat cancer, casting doubt on his political future in Latin America's largest economy.

Lula, as the former president is universally known, was diagnosed with a malignant tumour in the larynx and will undergo chemotherapy as the first course of action, according to Sao Paulo's Sirio Libanes Hospital, the same medical centre where current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was treated for cancer before taking office last January.

Lula, 66, is a former union leader who rose from poverty to become Brazil's first working-class president. He led the country between 2003 and 2010, a period of robust economic growth in which more than 20 million Brazilians were lifted out of poverty and joined the middle class.

Speculation has swirled that Lula could run for the presidency again in 2014 if Rousseff, his political protégée, were to decide not to seek re-election.

Lula, who left office with an approval rating of 87%, was also expected to play a key role in next year's municipal elections, helping stump for candidates from his left-leaning Workers' Party, known as the PT.

A folksy leader who has suffered occasional health problems over the years, Lula is a smoker with a weakness for cigarillos, or small cigars.

The Sirio Libanes Hospital, a renowned cancer treatment centre in Latin America, said in a statement that Lula was “doing well” and would be released later on Saturday and return for outpatient treatment in the coming days.

Lula is particularly known for his gruff voice, whose roughness seemed to mirror his own unpolished edges. A politician with a Midas touch among voters -- particularly among the lower-income classes that make up the PT's base -- Lula also helped bolster Brazil's influence on the world stage in his eight years in office.

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  • Marcos Alejandro

    I read that his tumor was not very big and his chances of a full recovery are excellent. Get well soon Lula!

    Oct 29th, 2011 - 09:38 pm 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    I hope Lula gets better soon. He was in Mexico a few days ago and it really makes me proud when Lula visits our country, and it is always a pleasure to hear this important Latin-American leader, certainly the best latin-american leader we have had in decades. And a world leader as well.

    Oct 30th, 2011 - 02:19 am 0
  • geo

    Lula !!

    you must eat very tomatoes....
    Licopen is the remedy of throat cancer..!!

    Oct 30th, 2011 - 10:23 am 0
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