Chávez admits that his "lesion" is very likely to be malignant
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said that he will undergo a new surgery not later than this weekend. He told Venezuelans that they should not expect to see him in coming weeks. He also announced that he will have a meeting with the Cabinet, the armed forces and leaders of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on Wednesday
President Hugo Chávez acknowledged Tuesday night that the probability is high that the two-centimeter mass that Cuban doctors found over the weekend is "malignant." The mass appeared on the same site where a group of doctors removed a cancerous tumor last year.
"Nobody can say from a scientific point of view that the new lesion is malignant; however, it is highly likely that the lesion is cancerous, because it is in the same area where the doctors removed a large tumor," Chávez told state TV network Venezolana de Televisión in a telephone call.
This is the reason why the Venezuelan Head of State said that he will undergo a new surgery not later than this weekend. "I will undergo a surgery in coming days, no later than the weekend," Chávez said.
Chávez announced later in a telephone call to state-run TV channel that he had decided to travel to Havana, Cuba to have a surgery.
The Venezuelan leader insisted on saying that he will undergo a new surgery. He explained that the medical team includes the same doctors who operated on him in Cuba. "It will be in the same place, everything is set up. Here (in Caracas) a lot of things would have to be implemented. Over there (in Havana) there is more safety for this kind of operation. They will be the same doctors, the same equipment, and this will be better for all," the Venezuelan Head of State noted.
Chávez cited that after the removal of the lesion, pathological tests will determine if it is malignant or not. If it is a cancerous tumor, he will need radiation therapy. "I will have to rest," Chávez conceded. He announced that he will be out of public sight for the coming weeks and he will have to rethink his personal agenda.
The Venezuelan President also commented that he will have a meeting with the Cabinet, the armed forces and leaders of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on Wednesday.
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."