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PM Lee Hsien Loong's surgery for prostate cancer 'successful'

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Singapore Prime Minister lee Hsien Loong underwent a successful surgery for prostate cancer on Monday and is expected to recover fully.

[SINGAPORE] Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong underwent a successful surgery for prostate cancer on Monday and is expected to recover fully, his office said.

It is the second bout with cancer for 63-year-old Lee, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1993, for which he underwent chemotherapy and is now in remission.

"Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's surgery was successful," his office said in a statement.

The statement quoted Professor Christopher Cheng, the lead urologist at the Singapore General Hospital who carried out the operation, as saying: "The surgery went very smoothly, and he is expected to recover fully." Prof Cheng confirmed that Mr Lee's prostate cancer is not linked to his previous lymphoma, the statement added.

AFP