Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is expected to recovery fully after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Lee will be on medical leave for a week.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will serve in his place, the government said.
“The surgery went very smoothly, and he is expected to recover fully,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, quoting Dr. Christopher Cheng, the lead urologist at the Singapore General Hospital, who performed the surgery.
Lee was treated for lymphoma in the 1990s but Dr. Cheng said there is no relationship between the previous diagnosis and the prostate cancer.
On Sunday, the government said Lee would have his prostate gland removed in a robot-assisted keyhole surgery on the advice of doctors.
A January magnetic resonance imaging scan showed lesions and a subsequent biopsy confirmed he had cancer of the prostate.
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