Hugo Chavez admits he may need chemotherapy

By REUTERS
July 13, 2011 22:12

 
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CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday he may need radiotherapy or chemotherapy to treat his cancer, which has rattled the OPEC member nation he has dominated for 12 years.

The 56-year-old socialist leader's most detailed comments to date on his condition raised the prospect of a lengthy health battle. Such a scenario could undermine Chavez's ability to govern Venezuela and run for re-election in 2012.

In a lengthy, dawn telephone chat with state TV, an unusually self-reflective Chavez said his operation last month in Cuba had removed a "baseball-size" tumor.

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