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Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad treated for breast cancer - report

A photo published by the state news agency SANA and the Syrian presidency showed Asma al-Assad, 42, hooked up to a drip smiling next to her husband in what appeared to be a hospital room.

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad and her husband President Bashar al-Assad. Picture: @Presidency_Sy/Twitter.

BEIRUT - Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad has started treatment for early-stage breast cancer, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday.

A photo published by the state news agency SANA and the Syrian presidency showed Asma al-Assad, 42, hooked up to a drip smiling and sitting next to her husband President Bashar al-Assad in what appeared to be a hospital room.

“Asma al-Assad begins the first stage of treatment for a malignant tumour of the breast which was discovered early,” said a statement issued on the presidency’s Telegram feed.

A former investment banker, Asma al-Assad was born and raised in London to Syrian parents. She married Assad in 2000.