Ronny Sofer Latest Update: 10.29.07, 12:11 / Israel News
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with stage T1 prostate cancer, which will not require radiation or chemotherapy. He added that he is expected to make a full recovery. Olmert clarified that he would continue to run the State's affairs.
In a special press conference, Olmert's physicians, Dr. Shlomo Segev and Dr. Kobi Ramon of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, said that Olmert's tumor "is restricted to the prostate and is of no danger to him." They added that the tumor was discovered in a routine checkup following Olmert's return from Russia and that the prime minister was not exhibiting symptoms.
Olmert's doctors further said that at this time they have not determined whether or not he would have to undergo surgery to remove the tumor. Should he undergo any medical procedure under full anesthesia, he would be declared temporarily unable to fulfill his duties.