CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that he's had stitches removed as he recovers from cancer surgery and that he has been doing physical therapy.
Chavez says he underwent surgery in Cuba on Feb. 26 to have a tumor removed from the same spot in his pelvic region where another tumor was extracted eight months earlier.
The 57-year-old president has said he next plans to have radiation treatment in hopes of preventing a reappearance of cancer. He has not identified the type of cancer involved.
Chavez spoke about his stitches during a phone call to a televised demonstration of supporters Friday. He vowed to win re-election in October and urged his supporters to remain united.
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