Argentine president to undergo surgery for thyroid cancer

December 28th, 2011 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS  

Buenos Aires, Dec 28 (IANS) Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will undergo surgery for thyroid cancer, her spokesman said.

Fernandez, 58, who two weeks ago began her second term after winning re-election in October, was found to have cancer “on the right lobe of the thyroid gland” during a routine medical examination, her spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said.

The president will undergo surgery Jan 4 at the Hospital Austral in Pilar, 55 km north of Buenos Aires, Xinhua reported.

She will take 20 days of medical leave, during which Vice President Amado Boudou will run the country, Scoccimarro added.

Doctors said the cancer had not metastasized or affected her lymph nodes.

The US National Institutes of Health said thyroid cancer is highly survivable, with more than 95 percent of patients living at least 10 years after detection.

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