Breast Cancer Surgery on Empress Emerita Ends in Success


Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Empress Emerita Michiko underwent a successful surgery to remove cancer in her left breast on Sunday.

The operation, conducted at the University of Tokyo Hospital, ended in about four hours.

The former Empress, 84, entered an operating room at 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT) to receive the surgery under general anesthesia and returned to her hospital room soon after 2 p.m. The operation was conducted jointly by doctors from the Shizuoka Cancer Center and the university hospital.

The Imperial Household Agency plans to explain the results of the surgery and the Empress Emerita's condition later on Sunday. In the presurgery checkups, she was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer, with no clear signs of cancer metastasis.

Her husband, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 85, visited the university hospital on Sunday morning to encourage her and again on Sunday afternoon to be briefed by the doctors on the results of the surgery. Sayako Kuroda, the 50-year-old daughter of the couple also visited the hospital.

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