Parliament Speaker Matti Vanhanen confirms cancer surgery

Former PM's kidney cancer diagnoses was discovered early, and treated quickly.

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File picture of Matti Vanhanen / Credit: Vanhanen 2018 presidential campaign website

Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Centre) says his recent surgery to remove a kidney came after a cancer diagnosis.

The former Prime Minister is currently on sick leave after the operation, but writing on social media he revealed that tests showed he had a cancerous tumor on one of his kidneys which had not spread – and so the best outcome for treatment was to remove it.

“The most important thing in all of this was […] that the discovery was made by chance and fortunately in time” he writes.

Vanhanen, 63, will return to work at individual events and meetings during the summer.

However, in the autumn he will go for heart surgery for a previously diagnosed problem. He already has planned sick leave for an operation to correct an irregular heartbeat.