Hugo Chavez Returning to Cuba for Treatment
He makes no mention of cancer, however
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012 4:15 PM CST
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Nov. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Office)

(Newser) – Hugo Chavez is heading back to Cuba for medical treatment, and the sparse announcement is raising questions about whether his cancer has returned. The Venezuelan president informed the National Assembly that "six months after I had the last session of radiotherapy, I have been advised to begin a new special treatment, with several sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and physiotherapy," reports the BBC.

Chavez made no mention of his cancer, though he previously said he had fully recovered. The 58-year-old won re-election to his fourth term in October and is due to be sworn in on Jan. 10. As for that "hyperbaric oxygen therapy," the AP notes that the American Cancer Society says on its website that it can be used to treat bone damage from radiation therapy, but no evidence exists that it can cure cancer.

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Dec 2, 2012 9:44 AM CST
Should go to Canada?
Nov 28, 2012 10:01 AM CST
Cuba, the island of the commies, has the finest health care in all of Latin America. They also have the highest literacy rate. It wasn't too long ago that 12 families owned all of Cuba, except for the casinos and prostitution, which the American Mafia controlled.
Nov 28, 2012 1:59 AM CST
Many people go to other countries for health care. It is shameful the way America allows its poor, disabled and senior citizens to suffer without proper health care. Price gouging in the medical profession and its many armed tentacles (Insurance co., Drug co., etc etc.) has sent many to poverty, prior to death. In the meantime Cuba has sent free medical care i.e. doctors and equipment around the world. Their "Miracle Vision" program has been a godsend for tens of thousands of people with vision problems. Similar to Russia having lined up thousands for free laser treatment, that preserved or saved the sight of millions at no cost to citizens, no matter what their income was. In the meantime, America allows the vision impaired to walk around with reduced vision, because of not being able to afford the treatments. What is now, about $1500 per eye? How sad.