Sao Paulo – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital on Monday to begin his second round of chemotherapy to treat cancer of the larynx.
Lula, 66, was wearing a black hat when he came in the side entrance of the Syrian Lebanese Hospital accompanied by his wife Marisa Leticia and his personal photographer, Ricardo Stuckert.
The former leader on Oct. 29 was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and two days later he began chemotherapy to deal with the disease.
Lula "is fine, confident" and expected in February, once his treatment has ended, to be able to resume public life, his friend Gilberto Carvalho, chief of staff to current President Dilma Rousseff, told reporters after visiting the former head of state in his hospital room.
Carvalho added that Lula is very happy because his favorite soccer team, Corinthians, on Sunday beat Atletico Mineiro 2-1 and is very close to winning the Brazilian league championship.
"After that goal by Adriano yesterday, he's very happy," said Carvalho about Lula's mood.
According to Roberto Kalil, Lula's personal physician, the former president will have to remain at the hospital overnight and, if he has no adverse reaction to the chemotherapy, he will be able to return on Tuesday to his home in the Sao Paulo suburb of Sao Bernardo do Campo.