Colombian President released from hospital after cancer surgery

Colombian President released from hospital after cancer surgery

PanARMENIAN.Net - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was released from a hospital on Saturday, Oct 6 and said he was "totally cured" after successful surgery for prostate cancer that had not spread beyond the gland, according to Reuters.

Santos, 61, said on Monday that doctors had discovered a tumor on his prostate. The cancer announcement came two weeks before his government was to start peace talks that could put an end to almost 50 years of war with Marxist rebels.

"As you can see, I'm going back home, one of the most pleasant feelings one can have after this experience," Santos told reporters as he left the hospital in northern Bogota.

He also thanked the medical team that treated him.

"I was able to save my life because it was confirmed yesterday that the tumor had not metastasized (spread to other body parts). ... They tested all the glands and there was no trace of cancer. In other words, I'm totally cured," he said as he walked out of the hospital.

Santos will not require chemotherapy, his doctors have said, and a complete recovery will likely take up to three weeks. During that time, his ability to travel will be limited.

 Top stories
The Council of Europe announced it is withdrawing its representative from the joint working group on human rights in Azerbaijan.
The Russians told the United States that they should not fly U.S. warplanes in Syria, but gave no geographical information.
Because liquid water is essential to life, the finding could have major implications for the possibility of microscopic life forms on Mars.
“If our very vital and close partner ODIHR cannot observe, that we also don’t observe in Azerbaijan,” OSCE PA President said.
Partner news