Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has sent a message of solidarity to former Brazilan leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Chavez says he understands the difficult situation Silva is facing after a cancerous tumor was detected in his larynx on Saturday.
Chavez says he's recovering from doctors' removal of a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region in June and his four rounds of chemotherapy.
Silva is expected to begin chemotherapy soon.
Chavez sent his message to Silva on Sunday wishing for his quick recovery.