Chavez to Cuba for fourth round of chemotherapy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would travel to Cuba for a fourth round of chemotherapy to treat his cancer.

Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
said he would travel to Cuba for a fourth round of
chemotherapy to treat his cancer on Sunday, saying it would "most
likely be the last" round in the treatment.

After meeting here with visiting Bolivian President Evo
Morales, on an "unofficial" visit to comfort Chavez during his
ailment, the Venezuelan leader said he adding that he expects
to return midweek.

Chavez, who had a tumor removed June 20 in Havana, has
expressed confidence it would be his last before his "full
recovery."

Cuban officials cited in state media said Morales would
also travel to Cuba, today, for a two-day visit that will
include "a working meeting" with Cuban leader Raul Castro, and
to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of
Havana, where he will also give a lecture.

Little information has been released about the type of
cancer afflicting 57-year-old Chavez, or details about his
medical condition.

He underwent his first two rounds of chemotherapy in
Havana, where doctors discovered the cancer after operating on
him for an abdominal abscess.

On September 2, he concluded a third round at a
Venezuelan military hospital.

Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, said he was
confident he will be "fully recovered" to serve as host of a
summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders December 2-3 in
Caracas.

The summit, which marks the creation of the Community of
Latin American and Caribbean States, was originally scheduled
to be held in July but was postponed after Chavez learned he
had cancer.

PTI

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