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Monday, February 16, 2015, 14:41

Singapore PM diagnosed with prostate cancer

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 Singapore PM diagnosed with prostate cancer
In this May 22, 2014 file photo, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers a keynote speech at the 20th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo. (AP Photo / Koji Sasahara, File)

SINGAPORE - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but is expected to recover fully after undergoing surgery, his office said Sunday.

Lee, 63, had a successful surgery to remove his prostate gland, and he is expected to recover fully, said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday.

According to a statement released on the PMO's website, the robot-assisted keyhole prostatectomy performed by Prof. Christopher Cheng, the lead urologist at the Singapore General Hospital, "went very smoothly."

Prof Cheng confirmed that there is no relationship between the previous lymphoma and the current prostate cancer.

Last month, Lee underwent an MRI of the prostate that showed suspicious lesions, the statement said. A subsequent biopsy found that one out of 38 samples contained cancer cells.

Lee decided to undergo surgery on the advice of a panel of doctors, and "is expected to recover fully,'' the statement said, adding that he will be on medical leave for one week.

Lee, whose father, Lee Kuan Yew, was Singapore's first prime minister, has been the city state's leader since 2004.

   

 
 
 
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