Skip to comments.Outlook for Chávez Darkens, Doctors Say
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 informationeven though they have no direct knowledge of the case.
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I thought that the Cubans had cured their boy, Hugo.
Smell the sulfer yet?
My grandmother used to say, only the good die young. If that’s true, Chavez will live a long time.
Will Obama attend the funeral, or send Joe? It may depend on whether Chavez dies while Obama is off on a vacation.
One suspects that he could be a permanent resident of Heck by then.
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.
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.
Your post reminds me that we haven’t seen Joe Bite-Me in ages. Is he still alive?
Why don’t his Cuban doctors give him massive doses of radiation?
Exactly. Good riddance, rot in hell, coudn't happen to a nicer A-hole, etc.
Hey Hugo ,,,,, HELLS COMIN’ TO BREAKFAST ,,,,,,,
Conversely, the outlook for Venezuela brightens.
Sure breaks my heart
Maybe Penn can save his ass
Zer0 will mourn this commie POS.
Can’t come a minute too soon
May he rot in hell.
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).
I would like to send him a get-well card and a special battery acid high colonic.
I think I’ll go cry me a river... after I finish my beer...