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Chavez suffering from colon cancer

world Updated: Jul 08, 2011 07:45 IST

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President Hugo Chavez appears to be suffering from colon cancer, The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday, citing two sources with close knowledge of the Venezuelan leader's condition.

A week after his condition was announced, following a weeks-long stay in Cuba, Venezuelan officials have yet to confirm the type of cancerous tumor was removed from the leftist leader during surgery in Cuba.

"I had an embedded malign tumor and I continue to fight against it," Chavez said earlier, explaining that doctors had ordered him to limit his public appearances.

Chavez has not indicated whether he is still undergoing chemotherapy sessions. Venezuelan officials have said only that it was in his pelvic area, leading some to suggest it could be colon cancer.