Ailing Chavez gives medical update

Ailing Chavez gives medical update

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said that he has had stitches removed as he recovers from cancer surgery and that he has been doing physical therapy.

Mr Chavez said he underwent surgery in Cuba on February 26 to have a tumour removed from the same spot in his pelvic region where another tumour was extracted eight months earlier.

The 57-year-old president has said he next plans to have radiation treatment in hopes of preventing a reappearance of cancer. He has not identified the type of cancer involved.

Mr Chavez spoke about his stitches during a phone call to a televised demonstration of supporters.

He vowed to win re-election in October and urged his supporters to remain united.

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