Chavez Receiving Chemotherapy

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's government has revealed for the first time that President Hugo Chavez has been receiving chemotherapy as he "continues his battle for life" since undergoing a fourth cancer surgery in Cuba.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro told reporters after a Mass for Chavez late Friday that doctors began the treatment after the socialist leader recovered in mid-January from a respiratory infection that followed his Dec. 11 operation in Havana.

The government has said Chavez was flown back to Caracas on Feb. 18 and is at the capital's military hospital since.

Chavez has not been seen nor heard from since going to Cuba, except for a set of "proof of life" photos released Feb. 15.

He first revealed an unspecified cancer in the pelvic region in June 2011. He reported undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy after earlier operations.

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