Lithuanian PM announces he has blood cancer

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis disclosed on Wednesday he has stage 1 lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

“It’s lymphoma, stage 1, no spreading, and I am undergoing treatment, it’s chemotherapy,” the prime minister told journalists on Wednesday.

“I completed the first cycle [of chemotherapy] yesterday, and I feel great today,” he said.

He added that the treatment will last until November. “The doctors expect full recovery, and so do I,” Skvernelis added.

The prime minister said he expected to continue carrying out his duties after finishing treatment.

Skvernelis said changes in his lymphatic system were spotted during a health examination he underwent soon after the presidential election in May. He ran for the office as the candidate of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union.

“Unfortunately, only during an operation the diagnosis could be determined,” the prime minister said. The surgery was performed a few weeks ago and went well, according to Skvernelis.

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