Empress Emerita Michiko Leaves Hospital after Cancer Surgery

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Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Empress Emerita Michiko was discharged from the University of Tokyo Hospital on Tuesday after successful surgery to remove cancer in her left breast on Sunday.

The former Empress has been doing well since the operation, gradually regaining her appetite, the Imperial Household Agency said. Her future treatments will be decided on after the removed tissue is analyzed.

The Empress Emerita thanked hospital head Yasuyuki Seto and operating surgeon Masahiko Tanabe when she left the hospital shortly past 2 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT). She also said, "Thank you," to reporters before getting into a car.

The Empress Emerita was found to have a lump on her left mammary gland in regular health checkups July 12. She was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in a tissue examination Aug. 2, and admitted to the hospital Saturday for the surgery.

Her cancer, about one centimeter in size, was removed in breast conservation surgery. She was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer with no signs of metastasis.

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