Syrian President Assad’s wife Asma starts medical treatment for breast cancer

This photo posted Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad sitting next to his wife Asma Assad with an IV in her left arm in what appears to be a hospital room, in Syria. Syria's presidency said that the first lady has begun treatment for breast cancer. The statement said the "malignant tumor" was discovered in its early stages. Such announcements are uncommon in the Arab world. (Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency via AP)

Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad has started the first stage of medical treatment of malignant tumor in the breast, which has been discovered in its first stages, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday.


A photo published by the state news agency SANA and the Syrian presidency showed Asma al-Assad, 42, 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 tumor 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.







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