Dr. Michael Pishvaian, an oncologist at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, said in a phone interview that he wasn’t surprised by the news.
‘‘I think this is recurrent cancer that at this point is almost certainly not going to go away,’’ Pishvaian said. ‘‘It’s unlikely that what he’s going through now is curable.’’
He speculated that given what Chavez has said about his cancer, it is most likely a soft-tissue sarcoma. He said those in the pelvis area have a likelihood of recurring of 50 percent to 70 percent, even with the best treatment.
Associated Press writers Fabiola Sanchez in Caracas and Frank Bajak in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.
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