President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has thyroid cancer.
Yesterday the government’s spokesman, Alfredo Scoccimarro, announced that the cancer was discovered during routine medical examinations carried out last Thursday.
He said that the cancer has been found on the right side of her thyroid gland but there is ‘no existence of metastasis’ and as the cancer is contained, she has a high chance of recovery. The papillary thyroid carcinoma discovered in the President is a common type of cancer and the survival rate is high.
The 58-year-old President will have an operation at the Austral hospital in Pilar on 4th January. She is expected to take leave until 24th January; in the meantime the vice-president Amado Boudou will undertake her duties.
Other leaders of South American countries have also battled against cancer this year, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.