Dec 09, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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Doctors not involved in the case say Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s return to Cuba for more cancer surgery is a matter of serious concern.

They say it suggests Chavez has a recurring type of cancer.

Chavez announced on television that he would travel to Cuba today.

He said he’d be undergoing more surgery for the illness that returned after two previous operations, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Chavez , who won re-election in October, called it a “new battle” and said for the first time that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Chavez first underwent cancer surgery for pelvic cancer in Cuba in June 2011.

He had another cancer surgery last February after a tumor appeared in the same area and has also undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

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