Argentina's Kirchner has cancer
28 December 2011, 17:17
Buenos Aires - Argentina's president Cristina
Kirchner has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery
next week, two months after being re-elected in a landslide vote, her
Kirchner, the country's first elected female
president, was found to have cancer "on the right lobe of the thyroid
gland" during a routine medical examination on December 22, said
spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro.
"The illness has been contained,"
Scoccimarro emphasised in a statement, adding the cancer had not
metastasized. Tests carried out Tuesday showed the cancer had also not
spread to Kirchner's lymph nodes, he added.
Kirchner was expected to spend 72 hours in hospital and then three weeks
recovering from the surgery, he said. During that time, her vice
president Amado Boudou will carry out her duties.
[for recovery] are excellent, and no one should expect any further
development of the tumour after the operation," oncologist Marco Bruno, a
member of the Argentina Cancer Association, told local television.
added that because the tumour had been diagnosed early it could be
safely removed, allowing the patient to lead a normal life.
was re-elected in October with more than 54% of the vote, a first-round
landslide that buried her nearest competitors and won her back control
The win, a year after her husband and predecessor's
sudden death, was powered by a slew of popular social programs and years
of strong, virtually uninterrupted economic growth.
swearing-in speech on December 10, Kirchner outlined her plans to
Congress, sticking to policies supporting domestic industries and
consumer spending despite the economic storm clouds over Europe.