President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina has received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, according to a December 27 official statement. Secretary of Communications Alfredo Scoccimarro said that the cancer has not metastasized, but surgery is now planned for January 4 in the new year. In a press conference Scoccimarro declared “The existence of a papillary cancer in the right lobe of the thyroid gland. Today it was proven that the lymphatic ganglions are not affected and that there is no metastasis. The sickness is located solely within the gland.”
Surgery to remove the affected gland will take place at Austral Hospital in Buenos Aires, with chief of surgery, Dr Pedro Saco, attending. Scoccimarro noted that the Argentine chief executive will remain in hospital for approximately 72 hours following the surgery. However, President Kirchner will take a leave of absence of twenty days until January 24. “The Chief Executive, in accordance with Article 88 of the Constitution, will take a leave of absence of twenty days. The powers of the Executive will be exercised by Vice President Amado Boudou,” said Scoccimarro.