SAO PAULO – The medical team treating Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo at a hospital in Brazil’s largest city announced Friday the “complete remission” of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from which he was suffering.
Lugo, 60, was admitted Friday to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo for some further tests as part of his treatment for the lymphatic cancer detected here in August 2010, the medical center said in a brief note.
At the hospital Friday the Paraguayan head of state was visited by Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was at the same facility being treated for the cancer of the larynx that was detected last October.
Lugo and Lula talked for some 20 minutes about regional politics as well as about the treatments they were having.
The two were also visited by Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin.
The Paraguayan president is expected to return Friday to Asuncion, according to the hospital’s medical bulletin.
Since his illness was diagnosed, Lugo has had chemotherapy sessions on several occasions at the Sao Paulo hospital, one of the most advanced oncological centers in Latin America.
The former president chose the hospital where Brazil’s current president, Dilma Rousseff, was treated for the same type of cancer in 2009.
Rousseff, who at that time was Lula’s chief of staff, underwent an operation for the removal of lymphatic ganglia and was treated with chemotherapy until she had fully recovered.
Last year when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was found to have cancer during a trip to Cuba, authorities of his country studied the possibility of sending him to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital, but instead decided to have him treated on the Caribbean island. EFE