Former Brazilian president and founder of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, Workers Party) Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva begins cancer treatment today after doctors discovered a malignant tumor in his larynx. It appears they caught it in its early stages, so that his prognosis seems good (though that hasn’t stopped speculation on his role in politics going forward). Lula is not the first current- or former-leader to have to confront the disease in South America; Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff already defeated cancer before being elected, Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo was diagnosed with it a couple of years ago, and Hugo Chavez is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
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