Date
17 August 2017
Lee Hsien Loong will undergo robot-assisted keyhole surgery at a Singapore hospital after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Photo: Bloomberg
Lee Hsien Loong will undergo robot-assisted keyhole surgery at a Singapore hospital after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Photo: Bloomberg

Singapore PM to undergo surgery for prostate cancer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Monday, his office said.

Lee, who is 63-years-old, will take medical leave for a week to have his prostate gland removed at a local hospital, it said.

He is expected to make a full recovery, BBC cited officials as saying.

During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be in charge of the government. 

“I’m all set for my op tomorrow, and so are my surgeon and medical team,” Lee wrote on his Facebook page Sunday.

The premier recovered from a previous cancer scare after being diagnosed with lymphoma in the 1990s.

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