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Paraguay president cancer retreating-health minister

ASUNCION, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo’s lymphatic cancer is retreating, the country’s health minister said on Friday, commenting on the results of recent tests taken in Brazil.

Lugo, 59, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the lymphatic system in August and has undergone treatment in a Sao Paulo, Brazil, hospital.

He is currently in Sao Paulo undergoing a third chemotherapy session and studies to determine how he responds to the treatment.

The nodes “have disappeared in all the places where they had been found and there are no new lesions,” Health Minister Esperanza Martinez told reporters at government house. “It’s the best possible scenario.”

Martinez added that despite the positive results, the treatment, which includes three further chemotherapy sessions until December, would remain unchanged.

Reporting by Mariel Cristaldo and Daniela Desantis; Writing by Luis Andres Henao, Editing by Sandra Maler