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Chavez discusses battle with cancer

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 01:13

July 15 - Hugo Chavez continues to portray a well-bodied and able leader even as he discusses his battle with cancer. Julie Noce reports.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is addressing his battle with cancer head on. In the middle of a televised cabinet address Thursday, he stopped to take his medicine, and made sure the cameras were rolling. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ SAYING: "Time for a pill, right? I take the pill, I take it immediately with a bit of water. Rigorous discipline. Let's see, I take half of one. See, yes? Power, power, pure power, the three powers. Thanks guys." Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba last month to remove a tumor.. and has since been taking steps to reassure the public he's still fit to lead. Chavez chatted up his efforts to secure a 4 billion dollar joint development plan with China-- But returned again to his resolve in fighting cancer. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ SAYING: "I have to have a snack. At the moment, I am in rehabilitation and there is a schedule. Exercise, lifting weights, walking, bending-- (Vice President of Venezuela) Elias (Jaua), you were very energetic in today's rehabilitation walk-- and then there are medical checks, meeting with doctors, analysing everything. They took blood this morning and every few days they will review different things. It is a scientific discipline, nothing more." Brazilian media report Chavez will travel to Sao Paulo later to receive further treatment. Julie Noce, Reuters.

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Chavez discusses battle with cancer

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 01:13