Chavez on 'Complex' Treatments for Cancer 'Complex' therapies will eventually halt illness: VP By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Feb 14, 2013 1:34 AM CST 2 comments Comments A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds up a poster while marching in a parade marking the anniversary of a 1992 failed coup attempt led by Chavez, in Caracas, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (Newser) – Hugo Chavez is "undergoing alternative treatments" for cancer, Venezuela's vice president says. "They are complex and difficult treatments that must, at some point, end the cycle of his illness," said Nicolas Maduro of the country's president on state TV. Following difficulties after surgery, Chavez is in a "new phase" of recovery, the government has said. But the president still hasn't emerged publicly since heading to Cuba for surgery in December, Reuters notes.