Ex-president Lee to stay in hospital until mid-Nov.


TAIPEI–Former President Lee Teng-hui will have to remain in hospital until around mid-November because he has not yet recovered from his colon cancer surgery, his office said Saturday.

It was earlier projected that Lee would be discharged sometime between Nov. 7 and 10, but his office said he is still in pain, has not been sleeping well and has a constant fever.

However, the 88-year-old former president has been in a calm state of mind since his surgery Nov. 1 to remove a cancerous tumor in the colon, the office said in a statement.

Lee was diagnosed with colon adenocarcinoma, the most common form of colorectal cancer, during a regular physical check at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) on Oct. 31.

He had surgery the next day to remove the tumor, which was estimated at 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm in size.

Post-surgery examinations have shown normal healing and no signs of infection, according to his office.

However, Lee is still unable to eat, although he can drink a little water, the office said. Moreover, he cannot stand for any length of time because he has pleural effusion, which is causing a fever, the office said.

He is undergoing post-surgery therapy and adjustments to his medication for a number of chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, the office said.