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March 03, 2009

Fiorina diagnosed with breast cancer

This could decrease the likelihood that Carly Fiorina will pursue a Senate campaign against Barbara Boxer next year:

Former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Carly Fiorina has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a top aide said Tuesday.

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

The San Francisco Chronicle earlier reported Fiorina's condition.

Fiorina is a Republican who served as an adviser to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign and has been considered a possible candidate for elected office. She has not announced any plans to run.

"She's keeping her options open," Bowker said.