By Susan Duclos
58 year old Venezuelan Socialist President Hugo Chavez died after a two year battle with cancer, ending his 14 year reign of the South American country.
Wapo provides the chronology of Chavez's battle with cancer over the years:
— June 30, 2011: Chavez says on television from Cuba that he had a
cancerous tumor removed from his pelvic region. He later says the tumor
extracted was the size of a baseball.
— July 4, 2011: Chavez returns to Venezuela, but later travels to Cuba periodically for chemotherapy and medical tests.
Sept. 23, 2011: Chavez says he completed chemotherapy and calls the
treatment successful. Says later that tests show no reappearance of
— Feb. 21, 2012: Chavez says his doctors found a new
lesion in the same place where the tumor was previously removed, and
announces plans to return to Cuba for surgery.
— Feb. 26, 2012:
Chavez undergoes operation that removes the tumor from the same location
in his pelvic region. Says later that follow-up tests showed the tumor
was “recurrence of the initially diagnosed cancer.”
— March 24, 2012: Chavez travels to Cuba to begin radiation therapy.
— April 14, 2012: Chavez travels to Cuba for second round of radiation treatment.
April 26, 2012: Chavez returns to Venezuela following cancer treatment
in Cuba, saying his latest round of therapy was successful.
— July 9, 2012: Chavez says at a news conference that tests show he is “totally free” of cancer.
— Oct. 7, 2012: Chavez wins re-election to another six-year term, beating challenger Henrique Capriles.
Nov. 27, 2012: Chavez says he will travel to Cuba for more medical
treatment. He says doctors have recommended he “begin special treatment
consisting of various sessions of hyperbaric oxygenation.”
9, 2012: Chavez announces that a cancerous tumor reappeared and that he
must travel to Cuba for another operation. He says the surgery could be
complicated and that if he is unable to stay on as president, Vice
President Nicolas Maduro should run in an election to take his place.
— Dec. 10, 2012: Chavez travels to Cuba and undergoes surgery the next day.
Jan. 10, 1013: Chavez misses his scheduled swearing-in ceremony, which
was indefinitely postponed by lawmakers. Supporters stage symbolic
inauguration in the streets of Caracas, swearing themselves in in their
— Feb. 13, 2013: Maduro says Chavez is undergoing “extremely complex and tough” treatments.
— Feb. 15, 2013: Government shows first photos of Chavez in more than two months, says he is breathing through a tracheal tube.
Feb. 18, 2013: Chavez returns from Cuba, tweets, “We will live and we
will triumph!!” Supporters celebrate in streets. But Chavez heads
immediately to a military hospital, making no public personal
— Feb. 22, 2013: Foreign Minister Elias Jaua reads long letter from Chavez to summit of African and South American leaders.
March 1, 2013: Maduro says Chavez is receiving chemotherapy and
“continues his battle for life.” He describes the treatments as “intense
— March 4, 2013: Communications Minister Ernesto
Villegas says Chavez has “a new and severe infection” and is in a “very
March 5, 2013 - Chavez dies at 58.