CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he will undergo his next round of chemotherapy in Venezuela instead of Cuba, where he has had previous cancer treatments.
Chavez said he would check in to the Military Hospital in Caracas on Saturday night and would begin his third phase of chemotherapy soon. He had the last two rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba.
Chavez expressed optimism that he is overcoming cancer, referring to the “illness I had.”
He said his medical team decided to administer the chemotherapy in Venezuela after his latest round of medical tests Friday.
Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba that removed a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region in June. He has not specified where the tumor was located but said the latest follow-up tests haven’t detected any sign of malignant cells in his body.
The president said he expects to disappear from public view in the coming days but will remain in contact with government officials and his supporters by phone and Twitter.