Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said yesterday she felt fine after undergoing surgery for breast cancer on Saturday. Speaking at Queen Mary Hospital, Mrs Fan, 56, said she had taken the illness calmly, adding: 'I am all right. The surgery was quite successful.' Her husband, Stephen Fan Sheung-tak confirmed Mrs Fan had been diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine medical check 10 days ago. He said his wife would probably be discharged from hospital in three or four days. Mr Fan said his wife's illness would not impair her ability to oversee the legislature. However, he said she had yet to decide whether to run for the post in a direct election in 2004. He said his wife had not suffered as a result of the surgery, saying: 'She looks quite well. She is a cheerful person.' Mrs Fan has been Legco President since the handover. On a pre-recorded RTHK radio programme broadcast yesterday, Mrs Fan told of donating a kidney to her sick daughter in 1995. She said the incident had brought them closer together. In the programme Those Were the Days, recorded on Monday, Mrs Fan made no mention of being diagnosed with breast cancer. She spoke of her failure to land jobs at RTHK and TVB after graduating from the University of Hong Kong. 'I applied for the vacancy as an assistant programme officer at RTHK but I was refused because of my Shanghai accent,' she said. She also spoke of being described as 'Hong Kong's Jiang Qing', a reference to the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, a core member of the Gang of Four during the Cultural Revolution. 'My instant reaction was to ask myself did I really look like Jiang Qing. But I became amused with it as time went by. I would tell myself that maybe people thought I looked like Jiang Qing when she was young. She was quite beautiful.' She said Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee - the subject of a recent comic book - should take jokes in her stride, adding: 'Criticism will not hurt you. Indeed, you will hurt yourself ultimately if you feel angered by it.'