Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez's cancer 'likely terminal,' doctors say

Good luck, comrade.

(I snipped out a lot, see link below)
Outlook for Chávez Darkens, Doctors Say
Cancer Specialists Say Disease's Recurrence Means Venezuelan Leader Is Increasingly at Risk, He Likely Has Sarcoma

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.


His latest operation suggest the president's odds of survival are worsening, doctors say. The fact that his cancer has returned twice after undergoing four surgeries and treatment like radiation therapy and chemotherapy that Mr. Chávez has said he had indicates the cancer is aggressive and unlikely to be cured, the doctors say.

"There is no question that a recurrence now is an ominous sign. Any additional procedures are palliative in the sense they are to prevent symptoms from getting worse, rather than curative at this stage," said Michael Pishvaian, an oncologist at Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center.

Mr. Chávez faces a potentially dangerous recovery from his latest surgery, said Thierry Jahan, an oncologist at the University of California, San Francisco. Excessive use of anti-inflammatory steroids during his treatments during Mr. Chávez's illness could cause muscles to waste away, and, after an operation, increase the chances of infections leading to sepsis, a potentially deadly infection, blood clots, gastrointestinal bleeding and an increased risk of rising sugar levels leading to diabetes, Dr. Jahan said.


Patients who suffer from sarcoma tumors that are aggressive and incurable usually live between one to three years. If Mr. Chávez suffered from advanced sarcoma when he was diagnosed, he would be in the middle of that range right now.

One cancer specialist says he gives Mr. Chávez a 50% chance of survival in the next six months, with decreasing odds of survival thereafter.Mr. Chávez, who looked more robust in the run-up to his victory in October's presidential election, is now likely to endure more anticancer treatments, the doctors say. While he may have several months of renewed energy, he is likely to become increasingly symptomatic and tired.


Mr. Chávez has been treated at Havana's cancer center, which isn't considered among the elite anticancer or sarcoma centers, a handful of which are located in the U.S. and Europe, doctors said. Mr. Chávez turned down an offer by Brazil's president to be treated in a world-renowned cancer hospital in São Paulo.
To be clear, some published reports said he was going to die earlier this year, but at this point it seems there's no doubt he'll soon be going to that centrally-planned government in the sky...


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Good riddance, his shirts sucked. Double-guns if i had added cologne.

Norm Stansfield

Untreated cancer tends to be terminal, yeah.

Props for dying by his convictions though. Never ran to the US for treatment, like politicians from some other country with socialized health care we know.


Ridiculum Anserini
Ozzie Guillen is still looking for a job.


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So, who's next in line, and is he better or worse?


LDAR, bitch.
So will poor people in the USA lose their free Chavez heating oil?