Hugo Chavez Chemotherapy
July 18, 2011 by staff
Hugo Chavez Chemotherapy, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba, began chemotherapy treatment for cancer for nearly a month after tumor surgery, and is expressing optimism about treatment outcomes.
Chavez said he would begin treatment in Havana yesterday in an attempt to ensure the cancer cells do not reappear after the operation last month.
“Let’s give all we have,” Chavez said in a televised speech shortly before leaving for Caracas on Saturday. He said there is always a risk of cancer of the cells might appear again, “and therefore there is a need to strike hard through chemotherapy.”
A daughter, Rosa, who extended his hand and addressed by the presidential plane, accompanied Chavez.
“It is time to die. It’s time to live,” said Chavez. “I’m saying goodbye for a few days, but in a deeper sense I’m not saying goodbye. … I’ll watch every day, every hour, every minute of internal events and I will be in constant contact.”
Cuban President Castro Ra greeted Chavez at the airport in Havana? L.
The president of 56 years old gave a televised speech shortly before leaving Caracas, saying: “I have to say I’m optimistic. I’ve never loved life and I’m loving it now.”
He said that since the removal of a tumor “until today, no other cancer cell was detected in my body.”
It was a revelation in a rare illness of his critics complained that the president remains very close to the vest. Chavez, who was accompanied by his daughter Rosa, was given a farewell at the airport for most of the ministers of state.
The duration of their stay in Cuba is not known. On Friday, Chavez asked the National Assembly for permission to travel to Cuba for further treatment after surgery for June 20 in Havana when a cancerous tumor was found and removed from his pelvic area.
“I will travel to Havana to begin what we call the second stage of this complex and slow process of recovery, which is good,” Chavez said.
Although the National Assembly unanimously approved the travel request, which is necessary for the president to leave the country for more than five days, opposition leaders say it is unconstitutional for Chavez to continue exercising the executive authority of Cuba.
“When the president leaves the country, the vice president must assume the role of CEO. That is their duty,” said opposition lawmaker Hiram Gaviria.
“The health of the country should be above the health of the president. We must be serious. We should not hold office in Havana,” said another opposition legislator, Carlos Berrizbeitia. But other lawmakers say Chavez should continue to play the executive role, because he has the mental and physical abilities to do so.
The Chavez 56-year-old made the contingencies of his absence, delegating some of its functions to the Vice President Elias Jaua and Minister of Finance, Planning and Jorge Giordani.
Chavez, who has been the dominant power for more than 12 years in office, has refused opposition demands to give up all his powers temporarily to Jaua, while undergoing chemotherapy, but he said at a cabinet meeting televised I was going to hand some of the administrative responsibilities. Chavez said his decision to entrust some of its tasks to assistants was the result of “deep thinking”, while to deal with their illness.
He said the vice president would oversee budget transfers to government departments, presidential commissions, any expropriation approved companies, and other budget-related responsibilities. Giordani is to discuss issues such as budget deficits and certain tax exemptions.
He said that if their physical abilities were diminished in the future, “I would be the first to do what the constitution says” the delegation of his office to Vice President.
In a speech to party leaders and aides Saturday afternoon, called upon to defeat any internal divisions, which describes the conflict as “cancerous tumors in the body politic.”
“Unity, unity, unity,” Chavez said.
He repeated the message later when he addressed troops and supporters of the steps of the presidential palace. Announced new appointments for five generals, including the head of his presidential guard, saying the move was to “further strengthen the unity of the armed forces.”
“The military unit, civil unity. … The national unity. That’s one of the best ways you can help me now,” Chavez said. “I’m going back and going back better than I’m going.”
Chavez spent much of June in Cuba underwent surgery to remove an abscess and tumor. He made a surprise return from Cuba to Venezuela on July 4 for nearly two weeks at home were joined by supporters, led troops in general sought to reassure Venezuelans that he is in control, despite his illness.
Chavez said his surgery on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor Cuba-sized baseball. He has not said what type of cancer that was diagnosed or specify where exactly he was, saying only that he was in his pelvic region.
Chavez acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he expects to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.
The National Assembly must vote on Saturday to approve Chavez trip to Cuba, and the issue raised a heated debate in which opposition lawmakers said he supports the president’s right to treatment, but denied his intention to remain in office, while in Havana.
Opposition politicians said they believed the request of Chavez was a “temporary absence” and that the president should the country a more detailed explanation of the severity of their disease.
“Let him go to Cuba,” said opposition lawmaker Alfonso Marquina, during the debate. “But we also enforce the Constitution … not to continue ruling from Havana.”
Under Venezuela’s constitution, the vice president can take place during his temporary absences of up to 90 days; the National Assembly may extend for 90 days for a total of about six months.
Pro-Chavez lawmaker Cilia Flores said the National Assembly was merely permitting Chavez to be absent for more than five days and would remain in office.
As the meeting was in progress, Chavez appeared on television and was involved in the debate. He appeared on a split screen with legislators to “listen, dismiss their opponents’ arguments” bordering on ridiculous. ”
Chavez has said he is confident he will recover, but has also acknowledged a long road ahead to recovery.
The president’s re-election in late 2012, told members of his party on Saturday: “. We have to get a great victory”
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