ARGENTINA'S president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will undergo an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from her thyroid glands on January 4.
The 58-year-old head of State, who was elected for her second term of office by an overwhelming majority on October 23, was diagnosed with cancer during a routine medical check-up three days before Christmas, says her spokesman, Alfred Scoccimarro.
Various oncologists who studied her case agreed that there was no sign of the cancer having spread, nor her lymph nodes being affected, meaning she will not need chemotherapy.
In fact, according to head of oncology surgery at the Favaloro Foundation in Buenos Aires, Julio Moreno, a localised tumour of the thyroid is one of the most curable types of cancer in existence and has a 90 to 98 per cent survival rate.
“If I was forced to have cancer and had to choose which type, it'd be this,” stated Moreno on the talk programme América 24.
Following her operation, the president will be off work for a further 20 days, during which time her official duties will be carried out by her second-in-command, Amado Boudou, shown in the photograph with the president herself and her daughter, Florencia.