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Paraguayan president hospitalized for cancer treatment

By the CNN Wire Staff
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo speaks to reporters in Asuncion last month.
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo speaks to reporters in Asuncion last month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Fernando Lugo was diagnosed in August
  • His cancer was detected at an early stage
RELATED TOPICS
  • Paraguay
  • Lymphoma

(CNN) -- Paraguay's cancer-stricken president has been hospitalized for treatment, his office announced Saturday.

President Fernando Lugo was admitted to a hospital in Asuncion on Thursday. He was to be transferred to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in San Paolo, Brazil on Saturday, a statement on the president's website said, citing Dr. Alfredo Boccia. He heads the medical team who serves Lugo.

Lugo, 59, was suffering from redness and swelling around the face, the statement said.

Lugo was diagnosed in August with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer affecting the immune system. It was detected at an early stage.

He is a former Roman Catholic bishop. His five-year term is slated to end in August 2013.

According to the American Cancer Society, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4 percent of all cancers.

 
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