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Brazil's former President Lula is cancer free — doctors

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 29 — Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shows no signs of the laryngeal cancer with which he was diagnosed last year, his physicians announced on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Lula underwent several physical tests including MRI and laryngoscopy in the renowned Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo.

According to the hospital, no traces of the laryngeal tumor were detected in those exams. Lula had a small inflammation in the area submitted to radiotherapy, but doctors informed that is an expected consequence of the treatment.

Over the past months, Lula had underwent a series of chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions, the last of which occurred in mid-February. From now on, he will undergo speech therapy at the Sirio-Libanes Hospital.

Physicians said that though the former president's cancer had gone, he can only be pronounced cured after five years, during which he will be submitted to periodical physical examinations. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/mmg

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