Washington: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been diagnosed with throat cancer, a hospital in Sao Paulo has said.
The 66-year-old former Brazilian leader has a tumour in
his larynx, according to a statement from the Sirio-Libanes
Hospital where he underwent medical examinations.
"After multiple investigations, initial chemotherapy
will start in the next few days. The patient is well," the
`BBC` online quoted the hospital statement as saying.
It was widely reported, in March 2010, that Lula had
given up smoking after 50 years.
Lula was elected in 2002 as Brazil`s first leftist
leader in half-a-century. He was re-elected for a second term
in 2006, and left office in December 2010 with record approval
The Brazilian constitution prohibits a third consecutive
A former union leader, Lula presided over a period
of strong economic growth in Brazil during which millions of
people were lifted out of poverty.