Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Brazil's Rousseff shows no cancer signs-doctors

Rousseff, who is expected to be the Brazilian ruling party's presidential candidate next year, is showing no sign of cancer after her final chemotherapy treatment, doctors said on Thursday.

"We think she is cured now. Any patient that has chemotherapy treatment needs monitoring, but at this moment, she is completely without evidence of the disease," Paulo Hoff, one of Rousseff's doctors, told reporters in Sao Paulo.

In April, Rousseff said doctors had removed a tumor from her armpit and that she would undergo chemotherapy for lymphoma, raising doubts over whether she could run to succeed President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October 2010 elections.

Rousseff, Lula's chief of staff, has been backed by the president to be the candidate for the leftist Workers' Party, but she trails Sao Paulo Gov. Jose Serra of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party in opinion polls.

Doctors said Rousseff still had to undergo a month of radiation therapy that would start in about four weeks.

(Reporting by Fabio Murakawa; writing by Stuart Grudgings)

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