April 8th, 2012
04:09 AM ET

Venezuela's Chavez returns to Cuba for cancer treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba early Sunday morning for another round of radiation treatment.

He was greeted at the Jose Marti International Airport, southwest of Havana, by Cuban leader Raul Castro with whom "he maintained a lively exchange," Cuba's state-run Juventud Rebelde newspaper said.

The 57-year-old president has not specified the type of cancer he is battling, and the government has released few specifics - fueling widespread speculation about his health and political future.

On Thursday, he returned home to Venezuela from a second round of treatment - and spent the weekend there.

So far this year, Chavez has spent 34 days in Havana.

Speaking at a Mass in his home state of Barinas on Thursday night, he teared up at times as he discussed his struggle with illness.

"Christ ... give me life, because I still have things to do for the people and this country. Do not take me yet," he said.

Chavez described cancer as "a true threat that marks the end of the path for many people. The end of the physical path, that's the truth."

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  1. F Weigert

    "Christ ... give me life, because I still have things to do for the people and this country. Do not take me yet," he said.

    Another interpretation is that God is punishing him for his sins.

    April 8, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. samson

    Reblogged this on BULLETFAME.

    April 8, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      LOL, I read it as BUTTFLAME at first! hehehe 😉 Any how who...

      April 8, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    i think that we had a black ops team give him the cancer for free...
    good job guys.. go usa!!!

    April 8, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |

    hehe we hope dis wil not size light like malawi

    April 8, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    if he's so sick, should he be moving back and forth? as el presidente, can't he pay them to come to venezuela?

    April 8, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. SAVIOR at WGFN (who gives a fork news)

    Lord please let him live long enough to suffer before you send him to see his friend the devil. Amen

    Note : it sez a lot about his country that he has to go to Cuba to be treated for cancer

    April 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. portland tony

    The man is a hero in his native land. He has probably done more good than bad in running Venezuela. How can you commenters, who obviously know less about Venezuela than a third grader even attempt to judge the man or even where he seeks treatment. If you can't say something good about a dying man. Just say what you know. That being nothing!

    April 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNNdy

      If I were you, I wouldn't comment about third grade educations when they teach capitalization in first grade....do tell us, what is so great about the man? Since you know more than the average third grade/CNN reader, of course. Otherwise, SHHHHH. You look silly.

      April 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline R.

      He's not a hero to everyone in Venezuela, and he has not done more good than bad in that country. He took a country rich in resources and ran it into the ground, but his family sure has gotten filthy rich out of it. He has been unbelievably corrupt and his ego took over years ago so that he did what was good for him, not his country. And I know this all first-hand because half my family is from Venezuela. He began 15 years ago to destroy that country, and he can now die knowing he succeeded in making it a miserable country where people lack even basic necessities.

      April 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAVIOR at WGFN (who gives a fork news)

      Please ...your hero can burn in HEII. Can you still smell the fire and brimstone Mr president?
      Is it getting stronger? Tic toc tic toc
      You time is coming to an end.

      April 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruVenezuela

      @jacqueline I don't understand what you mean. You say that Chavez "drove a rich country to the ground" but our GDP grew at an average 12% per year between 2003 and 2008, our foreign exchange reserves are at record levels, our crude oil reserves have been certified to be the largest in the world, our GINI coefficient is the lowest in Latin America, and most importantly our children eat better, stay in school, excel at sports, and are happier (a recent Gallup poll revealed that Venezuela is the fifth happiest country in the world!!!) You say that Chavez' family is "filthy rich", but I doubt that you can back up that statement with any evidence (coughing and richness cannot be hidden) Portland Tony makes an excellent point, if you don't know, keep your mouth shut...

      April 9, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jacqueline R.

    Well, we've got some incredible education going when 3rd graders are reading CNN... Anything you had to say went out the window with that brilliant statement.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. portland tony

    @Jac R. My point, if you have nothing to say....don't!

    April 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brian pillsner

    chavez sounds like an amazing person. i came across this review site http://buygraviolabenefits.com today which explains the herbal supplement, graviola. research has proven it actually combats some types of cancer. pretty amazing stuff and worth a look into.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Charles manson

    Then tell me what good has America did for its people, its regular everday people i mean

    April 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |