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Chavez Returning to Cuba For Cancer Examination

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez points at his head to show that his hair has started to grow back after his last round of chemotherapy at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, October 11, 2011.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is returning to Cuba for a progress check on his battle against cancer.

Last week, Chavez said he believes the examination will confirm he is cancer free.

The socialist leader had a cancerous tumor removed from his pelvic area in Cuba in June. Since then, he has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy, three of those sessions in Cuba.

But further details about the cancer have not been released, leading to speculation about Mr. Chavez's health.

Earlier this month, he denied a newspaper report that he had been rushed to the hospital with kidney failure linked to his cancer treatment.

Chavez has vowed to fully recover to mount a campaign for a new, six-year term in next year's elections. He came to power in 1999.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.