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Fiorina underwent surgery for cancer

Associated Press / March 4, 2009
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SAN FRANCISCO - Former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Carly Fiorina has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a top aide said yesterday.

Fiorina was diagnosed with the disease Feb. 20 and underwent surgery Monday at Stanford Hospital, her chief of staff, Deborah Bowker, said. Bowker said the surgery was successful and Fiorina has an "excellent" prognosis for a full recovery.

Fiorina served as an adviser to Senator John McCain's presidential campaign and has been considered a possible candidate for elected office.

Fiorina, 54, has a mixed record as an executive. Fiorina was a star at AT&T and its spinoff Lucent Technologies - companies at which she had worked for nearly two decades - but she had a rocky six years at Palo Alto-based HP, where she took the top job in 1999.

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