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Chavez To Return To Cuba For Cancer Treatment

Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (right) in Havana on June 28
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced that he will return to Cuba to begin a new phase of cancer treatment that will include chemotherapy.

Chavez said he would go to Havana today "to begin what we've called the second phase."

Chavez said he was sending a letter to the president of Venezuela's National Assembly to secure authorization for his trip, as required by the constitution.

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region.

Chavez had acknowledged on July 13 for the first time that he expected to eventually undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

compiled from agency reports