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Chavez to receive cancer treatment in Sao Paulo, say Brazilian government sources

Friday, July 15th 2011 - 06:31 UTC
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The Venezuelan populist leader is expected at the renowned Sirio-Libanes hospital The Venezuelan populist leader is expected at the renowned Sirio-Libanes hospital

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Brazil for cancer treatment, a Brazilian government source told reporters, following his return home after an operation in Cuba.

Chavez will come to Brazil's Sirio-Libanes hospital, known for treating cancer, for help battling the illness, according to the source. No timeline has been set for his arrival, the source added.

There was no immediate confirmation from Caracas. Asked if Chávez would go to Brazil for treatment, a high-ranking Venezuelan government official said: “I don't know.”

Chavez's announcement that he had cancer shocked the country of 29 million people and upended the OPEC nation's politics, which he has dominated for 12 years. It raised questions about whether Chavez will be able to run for re-election next year.

He has not specifically said what type of cancer he has only that he underwent surgery in the pelvic region. He has also said he may have to receive chemotherapy.
The Sirio-Libanes hospital is considered one of the best in Latin America and is renowned for its cancer treatment centre.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, before she was a candidate, had cancer treatment there as well as Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo and Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar was treated there over a decade before he died earlier this year.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • GeoffWard2

    Let Dilma offer and give this as a gift, with no strings of reciprocality attached.
    Brasil has nothing against the man as a human being, and his/Venezuelan politics may be influenced by the outcome.
    I believe only good will come from this offer and treatment.

    Jul 15th, 2011 - 11:34 am 0
  • wangito

    Hopefully this will mark the political or otherwise end of this egomaniac that brought Iran's military into South America, that is financing and harboring terrorist groups, That is destabilizing the zone, and is driving the whole of South America into a dangerous and totaly unnecassery armrace.
    So help us God.

    Jul 15th, 2011 - 08:54 pm 0
  • Forgetit87

    I can understand an ideological antipathy to Chávez, as well as skepticism towards his management of political power. But his antipathizers lose credibility by making hysterical accusations such as that he brought “Iran's military into South America” (!) or that he's causing an arms race in the region. When it comes to the proportion of military spending as a function of total GDP, Chile and Colombia are the two top South American countries: Colombia spends a lot mainly because of internal problems; and Chile, because it is concerned about Peru (and to a lesser extent, Bolivia). Venezuela's military budget is below 2% of its total GDP.

    It is irresponsible accusations and denigration of other countries and leaders - accusations such as yours, wangito - that were used to justify the Iraq War.

    Jul 15th, 2011 - 09:08 pm 0
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