CARACAS, Saturday April 28, 2012 | Update
Chávez's Health

President Chávez's health -A chronology

The Head of State has plans to stay in Caracas on April 26, 27 and 28. "Another session of radiotherapy comes next," he said, without specifying whether he would return to Havana

Saturday April 28, 2012  05:26 PM

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez returned to Caracas on Thursday, April 26, after two cycles of radiotherapy in Cuba. In two-week term, one year will have passed since he started his struggle against cancer.

Chávez headed for Cuba last April 14, in keeping with his treatment after a surgery in February to resect a new tumor, Efe reported.

The Head of State has plans to stay in Caracas on April 26, 27 and 28. "Another session of radiotherapy comes next," he said, without specifying whether he would return to Havana.

In 2011

- May 9.- Chávez adjourns a tour of foreign countries out of a swollen knee. Doctors recommend complete rest.

- June 10.- The president is admitted to a Cuban hospital. He undergoes an urgent surgery due to a pelvic abscess.

- June 20.- Chávez is operated on again in Cuba because of a cancerous tumor.

- June 25.- Miami-based daily newspaper The New Herald, quoting US intelligence sources, reports that Chávez shows "critical clinical, non-serious symptoms."

- June 29.- The Venezuelan government adjourns the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States (Clacs), as a result of the president's illness.

- June 30.- Chávez affirms that he was resected a tumor and will be under cancer treatment.

- July 2.- Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro notifies that Chávez's tumor was removed "timely and completely."

- July 16.- Chávez heads for Havana for his first cycle of chemotherapy.

- July 23.- The Head of State comes back, argues that "no malign cells at all" were found in his body.

- August 1.- A hairless Chávez makes his first public appearance.

- August 7.- The president arrives in Havana for his second cycle of chemotherapy.

- August 27.- The Venezuelan leader is admitted to Caracas Military Hospital for his third cycle of chemotherapy.

- September 2.- A strong, heavier Chávez leaves the hospital.

- September 10.- Chávez promises that he has "beat" cancer; now he is "convalescent."

- September 11.- The president adjourns a Cabinet meeting due to "a light throat condition."

- September 17.- The Head of State lands in Cuba for his fourth and last cycle of chemotherapy.

- September 22.- Back in Caracas.

- September 23.- US Ambassador Roger Noriega asserts that Chávez is not responding to his cancer treatment.

- September 23.- Government authorities report on the postponement of the visit to Venezuela of Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

- September 25.- Chávez upholds that he is "favorably" recovering from his fourth and last cycle of chemotherapy, yet his physical strength is "somewhat lessened."

- September 27.- The New Herald reports that Chávez was admitted to hospital urgently, in "very serious" condition.

- September 29.- Chávez denies the report and plays soccer.

- October 16.- Dr. Salvador Navarrete tells a Mexican media outlet that Chávez has "a pelvis tumor" which is "very aggressive" and his "life expectancy is estimated up to two years."

- October 16.- Chávez arrives in Havana for "overall checkup."

- October 20.- The president comes back from Cuba and maintains that, based on the findings of the testing, "there are not active malign cells" in his body.

- October 28.- The Head of States contends that he will not attend the Ibero-American Summit for not been yet in "optimum fitness."

- December 2.- The Venezuelan leader opens the Clacs summit in Caracas.

- December 9.- Chávez cancels a trip to Argentina and a meeting with former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

- December 20.- Chávez arrives in Montevideo in his first official trip after the diagnosis of his disease.

In 2012

- January 7.- Chávez resumes his Sunday radio and TV show Aló Presidente (Hello, President!) after seven months off the air; speaks for five hours.

- January 13.- The Head of State speaks for nine and a half hours at the National Assembly.

- January 17.- The president comments that he cannot undertake to lead the country "beyond 2019."

- February 20.- Minister of Information Andrés Izarra rebuts the rumors of Chávez's worsening condition.

- February 21.- Chávez concedes that he was in Cuba and was found a "lesion" on the same site of the previous tumor; as a result, he must be operated on again; however, he denies any metastasis.

- February 24.- The Venezuelan leader flies to Havana for a new surgery.

- February 28.- According to the e-mails of Stratfor Global Intelligence released by WikiLeaks, Russian and Cuban doctors who saw Chávez in June 2011 give him from one to two years of survival.

- February 26.- The Head of State is removed a cancerous tumor in Havana; for the third time in eight months, he goes under the knife.

- February 28.- Vice-President Elías Jaua advises that Chávez was operated on in Havana for a "pelvic lesion."

- March 4.- Chávez confirms that the resected tumor "was a recurrence" of his cancer and that he will have radiotherapy.

- March 13.- The Venezuelan government disseminates photos and images of Chávez joined by his family, celebrating the birthday of his daughter María Gabriela in Havana.

- March 16.- Chávez comes back to Caracas.

- March 24.- The Venezuelan leader returns to Cuba to undergo radiotherapy.

- March 29.- Again in Caracas after his first stage of radiotherapy.

- March 31.- Chávez returns to Cuba for a second battery of five sessions of radiotherapy.

- April 4.- The Head of State lands in Barinas, his hometown, after four days in Havana.

- April 7.- Back to Cuba for a third battery of five sessions of radiotherapy.

- April 11.- Return to Caracas.

- April 14.- The National Assembly unanimously approves the president's absence for over five days.

- April 14.- Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro discloses that Chávez will not go to Cartagena, the venue of the Summit of the Americas.

- April 14.- The president heads for Cuba for his radiotherapy.

- April 23.- After contacts on Twitter only, Chávez's vows to be in Caracas on Thursday, April 26; claims that additional sessions of radiotherapy are needed.

- April 26.- Chávez returns to Caracas after 11 days in Havana.

The end of a cycle

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."

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