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Chavez to Return to Cuba for Medical Tests

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gestures as he delivers a speech to employees of the government palace during a ceremony in Caracas, October 1, 2011.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba next week for medical testing.

In a brief telephone interview broadcast on Venezuelan state television, Chavez said the rigorous medical tests will evaluate his cancer treatment.

During the interview Chavez said he is undergoing constant treatment, exercising and consulting with doctors. He also said he is sunbathing.

President Chavez has said he finished a fourth and final round of chemotherapy in Cuba, but has not discussed what type of cancer he is battling.

Chavez had surgery in June to remove a tumor from his pelvic area.

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