Photo: President Lula
The 66-year-old has a tumor in his larynx, a statement from the Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo said.
“After multiple investigations, initial chemotherapy will start in the next few days. The patient is well,” the statement read.
Lula was elected Brazils president from 2002-2010 at which point he was constitutionally ineligible to run for a third term. Lula had given up smoking in March 2010 after fifty years.