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Robinson discharged after tumour op

BBC political editor Nick Robinson was discharged from hospital today after a successful operation to remove a lung tumour.

The 51-year-old journalist, who announced last month that he was suffering from cancer, is now at home with his family recovering, his spokeswoman said. .

He hopes to be well enough to return to work in time to cover the general election campaign.

In a statement Mary Greenham, Mr Robinson's agent, said: "Nick Robinson was discharged from hospital today after a successful operation on his lung to remove a carcinoid tumour last week.

"Nick is now recovering from his surgery at home with his family whilst regaining his strength. He and his wife Pippa are grateful for all the support they have received over the last week and now ask that his privacy is respected whilst he recuperates."

Carcinoid tumours are rare and tend to be slow growing, sometimes not causing any symptoms for several years, Cancer Research UK says on its website.

Around a quarter start in the lung and typically do not spread to other parts of the body.

And Manchester United fan Mr Robinson was happy to be home to watch his team play Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter final.

He tweeted: "Just home from hospital in time to watch the big match. Not sure the next 90 minutes will be the rest the doctors ordered."

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