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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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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. Read full article

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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 - Link - Report abuse 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 - Link - Report abuse 0
  • geo

    Lula !!

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

    Oct 30th, 2011 - 10:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    There is no 'remedy' as such, you just have to kill off all the aggressive cells and leave as much of the laryngial cells alive.
    It's not easy stuff,
    and it could involve loss of ability to speak with or without an electronic 'voice-box. It may necessitate 'heroic' surgery if the therapies fail to stop the aggressive development of the disorder. Hopefully, there will be no metastases, especially into the lymphatic system.

    Jack Hawkins CBE, one of my favorite wartime actors, and also a smoker, suffered similarly and spoke while he still lived with a mechanical voice-box - sounding less 'electronic' than Stephen Hawkin, but no less artificial.

    My ex-father-in-law, who was a cheroot and pipe smoker, died of this disorder some 6 months after heroic surgery took away most of his throat, jaw and lower skull. He also left it too late to get things diagnosed and treated. A good (some would say great) man, and a main/key designer of the Arnheim glider, the Beverley Freighter, the Buccaneer and the Harrier.

    Oct 31st, 2011 - 02:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    You're praying for him to die. Admit it, Geoff.

    Oct 31st, 2011 - 04:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Only in the sense that I wish him to avoid the 'life' that my father in law suffered. Nobody should have to go through the terrible suffering that he experienced. Hospice should help the pain if treatment fails.

    Humanity doesn't come easy to you, does it, Forgetit?

    Nov 02nd, 2011 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    I know how much you hate the man, that there isn't one single insult you won't resort to in order to abuse him - and that, if reality fails to avenge you, you'll have no problem in employing your imagination to create justifications to keep villifying him. Any demonstration of goodwill on your part sounds contrived. For the sake of taste, you should refrain from commenting on threads about his illness.

    Nov 02nd, 2011 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Obviously you know little about cancer within the family,

    but why so bitter yesterday and today, Forgetit?
    Surely not my challenge about corruption! If so, rise to the challenge.

    Nov 02nd, 2011 - 06:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Always the self-server. No, it wasn't any of your flights of imagination that has now definitely disposed me against you. It was your first message on this thread: http://en.mercopress.com/2011/10/31/brazil-becomes-sixth-world-economy-overtaking-uk-by-the-end-of-2011

    Nov 04th, 2011 - 09:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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