(AFP) – Dec 11, 2011
SAO PAULO — Brazil's cancer-stricken former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Sunday he was "confident" ahead of his third and last round of chemotherapy, according to his foundation.
The Citizenship Institute, which Lula founded after leaving office late last year, said in a statement that the popular ex-president would undergo the chemotherapy session for throat cancer here Monday.
Lula, who had his iconic beard and thick head of hair shaved by his wife last month, tossed the coin at the final of the Touchdown American football Tournament in Sao Paulo and said "he was confident with respect to the cancer treatment," according to the foundation.
Lula's doctors have said he has very good prospects for a full recovery.
The former president is due to begin radiation therapy early next year.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Chavez had planned to visit Lula on Sunday but canceled the trip, saying he had to monitor problems caused by recent heavy rains that left seven people dead and hundreds homeless in Venezuela.
Chavez, who declared himself cancer-free in October after having a tumor removed in June and undergoing several chemotherapy sessions, is seeking a third consecutive six-year term in October 7 elections.
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