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Hugo Chavez's Cancer Rare Among Adults

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 03:40 PM


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a form of connective tissue cancer – called rhabdomyosarcoma – that is extremely rare in adults, according to a new report.
Chavez is not expected to live “more than a couple of months at most,” says an unnamed source quoted by former CBS anchor Dan Rather, who is now reporting for the TV channel HDNet.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is relatively rare, even in children. It is most often found in those ages 1 to 5. The disease can arise in various parts of the body, including the head, neck, and intestines.
Chavez has traveled to Cuba at least three times for treatment. Rhabdomyosarcoma patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Sometimes it is treated with surgery, if the location of tumor allows it.
More than 70 percent of children with localized rhabdomyosarcoma survive for the long term, according to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
However, Chavez’s cancer has reportedly “entered the end stage,” according to Rather’s source, described as someone close to the Venezualan leader. Chavez is running for re-election with voting scheduled for Oct. 7. Rather reported that “it is doubtful the dictator will live to see the results.”



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