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Outlook for Chávez Darkens, Doctors Say
The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2012, 11:32 p.m. ET | By JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA and RON WINSLOW

Posted on 12/14/2012 5:09:24 PM PST by Mr. K

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's cancer is most likely terminal given the disease's recurrences, and while the president may bounce back for periods, his health is increasingly at risk, say several leading cancer specialists not involved in the treatment.

Mr. Chávez is recovering from surgery in Cuba this week after the president said malignant cells reappeared for a third time in his abdomen. Venezuela's government hasn't disclosed what type of cancer he has or what the surgery was for. But it has described the more than six-hour operation as "complex and delicate" and said Mr. Chávez might not be back in Caracas in time for his Jan. 10 inauguration for a new term after 14 years in power.

Doctors say Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is almost certainly suffering from sarcoma, a rare cancer that is usually more aggressive than other types of the disease. Jose de Cordoba has details on The News Hub. Photo: Reuters. . On Thursday, Venezuela's government said doctors upgraded Mr. Chávez's condition to "favorable" from "stable." Earlier, it said the operation had "complications" and "needed corrective treatment due to bleeding."

Doctors say cancer is a game of odds, and that Mr. Chávez may yet stage a full recovery. "The one thing we do know is that we are not great at predicting," said J. Randolph Hecht, director of gastrointestinal oncology at the University of California at Los Angeles. "Only in Hollywood do people know how long they have."

Despite the secrecy surrounding the politician's condition, however, intelligence analysts in the hemisphere and doctors who specialize in cancer say they can piece together a rough prognosis based on publicly available information—even though they have no direct knowledge of the case.

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I hope it's painful you P.O.S.
1 posted on 12/14/2012 5:09:28 PM PST by Mr. K
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To: Mr. K

I thought that the Cubans had cured their boy, Hugo.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 5:11:34 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's not about the guns. It's about the control.)
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To: Mr. K

Smell the sulfer yet?


3 posted on 12/14/2012 5:12:56 PM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Mr. K

My grandmother used to say, only the good die young. If that’s true, Chavez will live a long time.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 5:14:18 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Mr. K

Will Obama attend the funeral, or send Joe? It may depend on whether Chavez dies while Obama is off on a vacation.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 5:22:14 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Mr. K
... and said Mr. Chávez might not be back in Caracas in time for his Jan. 10 inauguration for a new term after 14 years in power.

One suspects that he could be a permanent resident of Heck by then.

.

6 posted on 12/14/2012 5:23:10 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Mr. K

If I had cancer, Cuba is the near the bottom of the list as to places where I would go for treatment.

Mr Chavez’s cancer horse is out of its barn.

Sorry, but there is no cure for stage 4 disease.

Its just a matter of time, now.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 5:23:22 PM PST by bkopto (Obama and Biden merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Mr. K

The only problem with all this is that Venezuela is so far away that it’s gonna be real difficult for me to go and take a hearty whiz on his grave.

Die soon, die painful Hugo.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 5:25:37 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: Mr. K

Buh Bye!


9 posted on 12/14/2012 5:26:02 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Verginius Rufus

Your post reminds me that we haven’t seen Joe Bite-Me in ages. Is he still alive?


10 posted on 12/14/2012 5:26:58 PM PST by KitJ (Shall not be infringed)
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To: Mr. K

Why don’t his Cuban doctors give him massive doses of radiation?


11 posted on 12/14/2012 5:28:54 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Huskrrrr
"Buh Bye!"

Exactly. Good riddance, rot in hell, coudn't happen to a nicer A-hole, etc.

12 posted on 12/14/2012 5:30:57 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: Mr. K

Hey Hugo ,,,,, HELLS COMIN’ TO BREAKFAST ,,,,,,,


13 posted on 12/14/2012 5:31:27 PM PST by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism & Communism are the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Mr. K
Outlook for Chávez Darkens

Conversely, the outlook for Venezuela brightens.

14 posted on 12/14/2012 5:31:33 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: Mr. K

Sure breaks my heart

Maybe Penn can save his ass


15 posted on 12/14/2012 5:34:57 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: Mr. K

Zer0 will mourn this commie POS.


16 posted on 12/14/2012 5:35:27 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Mr. K

Can’t come a minute too soon
May he rot in hell.


17 posted on 12/14/2012 5:37:42 PM PST by animal172 (RIP USA)
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To: Vaquero

I really and truly weep for Chávez; Inside I am crying and tearing apart. Let me now wipe my tears (from the outside corners of my eyes)... Ø knows what exactly how I feel (and so does weeping-for-Brown Clinton).


18 posted on 12/14/2012 5:40:34 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Mr. K

I would like to send him a get-well card and a special battery acid high colonic.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 5:41:54 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Mr. K

I think I’ll go cry me a river... after I finish my beer...


20 posted on 12/14/2012 5:42:33 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Mr. K

Good night, Dark Prince. Rot in hell! Viva Venezuela libre!


21 posted on 12/14/2012 5:45:37 PM PST by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: Mr. K

Make peace with God, Chavez, before it’s too late. That’s my recommendation.


22 posted on 12/14/2012 5:46:56 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Mr. K

Chavez has had the meat.

It’s all over but the crying.

I don’t wish cancer on anyone, but it does seem a fit punishment for the creep.Sean Penn will miss and Danny Glover will miss him, I doubt many other Americans besides Joe Kennedy will.


23 posted on 12/14/2012 5:49:52 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Mr. K; All

It is hard to do, after all the suffering that he has caused, but I will pray that he finds Jesus before he dies.


24 posted on 12/14/2012 5:50:37 PM PST by marktwain
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To: Mr. K

... and said Mr. Chávez might not be back in Caracas in time for his Jan. 10 inauguration for a new term after 14 years in power.

I hope he dies before then, it would make the election
questionable.

Brighter days maybe ahead for the country.


25 posted on 12/14/2012 5:52:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Mr. K

Let the real suffering begin in a fiery lake


26 posted on 12/14/2012 5:52:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mr. K

Surely Jeff Spicoli is there to comfort him in his final hours, whispering passages from the Communist Manifesto in his ear.


27 posted on 12/14/2012 5:55:32 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: marktwain

May he see him soon.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 6:02:10 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Mr. K

“Outlook for Chávez Darkens, Doctors Say”

Finally, some good news....


29 posted on 12/14/2012 6:04:47 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Mr. K

Hugo get ready to say hello to your little friend ..... S A T A N !


30 posted on 12/14/2012 6:07:15 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything)
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To: Mr. K

Yeah, right... didn`t we hear this same noise last year?


31 posted on 12/14/2012 6:13:31 PM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: GenXteacher

I know it, huh?

I am a little disconcerted at how much this bit of news brightened my day....

It must be that last month was so awful


32 posted on 12/14/2012 6:15:05 PM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Doubt too many Cuban docs worked on Chavez. They certainly brought in some Spanish ones.


33 posted on 12/14/2012 6:24:19 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: Mr. K

WSJ calls the thug a “politician.” That’s rich. Like calling Obama a “patriot.”


34 posted on 12/14/2012 6:27:17 PM PST by twister881
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To: Mr. K

If it had been anybody but Chavez, I could see being disconcerted. However, in his case, the cancer is the only thing not malignant.... His being closer to divine judgement can only be a positive occurrence.


35 posted on 12/14/2012 6:27:56 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Mr. K
Outlook for Chávez Darkens

And outlook for Venezuela brightens

36 posted on 12/14/2012 6:34:27 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Mr. K
Outlook for Chávez Darkens

... like the hole in his bowel.

37 posted on 12/14/2012 6:47:00 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Bathhouse Barry wants YOU to bend over for another four years)
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To: marktwain

I’m with you. I depise the man and his actions, and I am sorry for Venezuela and what he has put them trough, but it doesn’t naturally extend that I would wish him any extraordinary pain. Rather, I pray for a new beginning and better times.


38 posted on 12/14/2012 7:08:04 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (I will not comply.)
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To: Mr. K

I opined that a good new year’s gift would be for Hugo to assume room temperature on or about 1 January 2013. Perhaps dreams come true.


39 posted on 12/14/2012 7:51:17 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Mr. K
I think Chavez probably may not live long enough to experience January 1, 2014. It will be VERY interesting to see what happens to Venezuela after Chavez passes--will it veer away from its near-Communist style government?
40 posted on 12/14/2012 8:00:58 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Mr. K

Sean Penn has probably hired a Taxidermist and someone from the adult “Toy” industry.

Pretty sure it’s “True Love”

TT


41 posted on 12/14/2012 8:17:45 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: Mr. K

I wouldn’t wish terminal cancer on anyone either........but I’m glad he got it. May he burn in hell. No, I don’t hope he finds salvation. It’s up to Jesus, not me, so I can hope.


42 posted on 12/14/2012 8:39:50 PM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: twister881

******”WSJ calls the thug a “politician.” That’s rich. Like calling Obama a “patriot.”******

POST of the Day!!!!!!

TT


43 posted on 12/14/2012 9:09:22 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: bkopto

If I had cancer, Cuba is the near the bottom of the list as to places where I would go for treatment.


Like most Communist nations, the Commie Party elite get much better medical care than the average Comrade/Citizen...so I bet Chavez is getting the best Cuba offers their elite....even bringing in doctors from non-Commie countries to care for him

Learned some things about Commie healthcare from a doctor in the former Czechoslovakia. The elite get the best care...while the Comrade/Citizen gets used gauze and bandages (he Czechs did wash them after each patient use....other Commie countries...well not so much)


44 posted on 12/14/2012 9:42:38 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: Mr. K
Posts 22, 24 and 38 have the right approach. They don't wish pain or death on anyone. They hope that Chavez finds God before it is too late. They pray for a new beginning.

In all 112 WSJ comments, not one expressed these sentiments. They were all vengeful, hateful. It takes someone of faith to care for someone of Chavez's character as he faces death. My image of the WSJ commenters is of bitter former Romney supporters who detest social conservatives.

The Christian view can only be found on FR.

45 posted on 12/14/2012 11:00:04 PM PST by Praxeologue
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To: Mr. K

Let me add a sarcastic comment: Sean Penn’s prayers don’t seem to be working!


46 posted on 12/15/2012 5:40:07 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Kennard

Chavez HAS apparently found God- ever since being diagnosed with cancer he has been smooching every cross he gets close to

But that has not heped him do right by the people of his country


47 posted on 12/16/2012 10:05:14 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: tbpiper

I would argue that his condition was known at the time of his reelection. That is there are forces in place that are at least as bad and very likely worse than Hugo.

The probability of reversion to preHugo norm seems not likely.


48 posted on 12/16/2012 10:16:24 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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