ESM Goh thanks well-wishers, says recovering well from prostate cancer surgery

SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong is recovering well from his surgery for prostate cancer, according to his Facebook post on Monday morning.

The 73-year-old Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC also thanked his well-wishers for their concern and kind thoughts.

On Saturday, Manpower Minister Mr Tan Chuan-Jin wished ESM Goh a smooth and speedy recovery on his Facebook page, garnering over 150 comments and 1,200 "likes" from fellow well-wishers.

"Only discomfort is I have not "broken wind" yet and hence not allowed food or fluids other than small sips of water," ESM Goh said.

"This is to prevent vomiting and potential choking caused by the residual effect of GA.

"For the next few days I will have to wear a urine bag but that is a minor inconvenience compared with the knowledge that the cancerous prostate has been removed."

ESM Goh's surgery was operated on Saturday by Dr Sim Hong Gee, a senior consultant urologist in Gleneagles Hospital and visiting consultant at Singapore General Hospital.