BOGOTA – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday that medical tests performed last week found him free of “tumors or metastasis,” allowing him to continue working and living his life normally.
“The tests ... show that I don’t have metastasis or any tumor. Doctors found a trace of what I had last year, and that’s why they prescribed medications and just one radiation session to prevent side effects from the drugs,” the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize recipient told reporters.
In October 2012, Santos underwent successful surgery to extract a tumor from his prostate. Days later, the president said he had been given a clean bill of health.
Last Tuesday, Santos underwent tests at Bogota’s Fundacion Santa Fe hospital, telling reporters that a recent examination that showed an alteration in his prostatic antigen levels took him by surprise.
The president then traveled to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where additional tests were performed.
Santos said the treatment prescribed did not “in any way” affect his daily activities, although doctors recommended “a lot of exercise and good sleep.”
The outcome “is very good news,” the president said.
The two tests performed on Santos “found no tumor mass present,” Fundacion Santa Fe medical director Adolfo Llinas said.
The latest round of tests used technology not available in Colombia that “reported the absence of active tumor masses with an even higher level of accuracy,” Llinas said.
“With these findings, possible management options were considered and it was decided to keep monitoring the disease, which implies a close follow-up of prostatic antigen levels and new imaging in the future,” the doctor said.
The treatment “includes support medication, while the other option of active treatment in case tests find a chemical progression of the disease will remain open,” Llinas said.
The president will not receive hormone treatment or chemotherapy, but he will have one radiation session.