Former empress Michiko, center, who underwent successful surgery to remove cancer in her left breast on Sunday, leaves the University of Tokyo Hospital in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool/AP

Empress emerita Michiko leaves hospital after cancer surgery

By Yuri Kageyama

Former Empress Michiko has left the hospital after undergoing breast cancer surgery.

Michiko was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer in July. The Imperial Household Agency says she had surgery on Sunday and went home Tuesday. The 84-year-old empress emerita bowed to the staff at the University of Tokyo hospital as she left.

The agency says her cancer had not spread, but she will have checkups to determine if further treatment is needed.

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It's great that the surgery was successful. I hope she makes a speedy, pain free recovery because she is a human being.

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I hope she is feeling ok after the surgery. She has had a time of it lately, with the cataract ops too.

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Good luck to her and a good recovery.

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We will hope and pray for the Empress' quick recovery. I am so glad to hear that it was early detection. She is a lovely person and deserves all good fortune.

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