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11 January 2013

Kirsty Sword-Gusmao recovering well following cancer surgery

Kirsty Sword-Gusmao with Xanana in Melbourne hospital after cancer surgery
Kirsty Sword-Gusmao with Xanana
ETLJB 11 January 2013 - Kirsty Sword-Gusmao, the Australian-born wife of East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, is recovering well after surgery for cancer in a Melbourne hospital on 4 Janaury 2013.

Mrs Sword-Gusmao's prognosis is very good with pathology tests showing that she is completely clear of the cancer after having a tumour removed from her left breast along with most of the left lymph nodes. According to her doctors, the tumour was removed with a clear margin and only one lymph node was diagnosed as affected by the cancer.

It is likely, however, that she will undergo radiotherapy and hormone treatment in the months ahead in order to ensure that there is no recurrence of the cancer. Chemotherapy is also a possible additional treatment that she may have to undergo.

Prime Minister Gusmao was in Australia during his wife's treatment and returned to Timor-Leste on Monday, 7 January 2013.

We wish Mrs Sword-Gusmao a speedy recovery and the best of health in the future.

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