Chavez says chemo treatment going well

Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 11:20

Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
has said that his second round of chemotherapy treatment is going well, and he will "win the battle" against cancer, after
a tumor was removed from his pelvic area in June.

"As you already know, I am here in Havana. I am
bedridden and receiving chemotherapy from Monday until
Friday," said Chavez in a telephone conversation with
Venezuelan state television network VTV yesterday.

Chavez, 57, underwent an operation June 20 in Cuba to
remove a cancerous tumor in his pelvic area. After a brief
return to Caracas, he traveled back to Havana on July 16 for a
week to undergo his first chemotherapy treatment.

Chavez went back to Cuba for more treatment on August 6.

"Friday will be the last session and we will be in
Venezuela soon. God willing, everything will end well," added
Chavez. "This is a battle we are winning, and that we will
win."

The president has not said what type of cancer he has or given details of his health.

During the call Chavez, a former army lieutenant
colonel, accused the opposition of "attacking" Venezuela`s
military and of "conspiring" against his government with US
assistance.

Before his most recent trip to Cuba, Chavez appeared on
Venezuelan television sporting thin glasses and a bald head.
He joked about what he called his "new look."

In power since 1999, Chavez is hoping to secure a third
six-year presidential term in 2012 elections. Cuba, the only
one-party communist regime in the Americas, is Chavez`s
closest regional ally.

Chavez has cut back his marathon speeches during which
he often drives home his self-styled 21st century socialism,
and has turned more introspective since going public with his
cancer.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 11:20

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