Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba on Sunday for more cancer surgery.

The Venezuelan leader only returned on Friday from his last course of treatment there.

“It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days,” he said in a TV address, adding that more malignant cells had been found.

The 58-year-old has had three cancer operations in Cuba since mid-2011, but few details have been released.

During his latest visit to Cuba, he was said to be receiving “hyperbaric oxygenation” therapy, which can ease ailments caused by radiation treatment.

Mr Chavez has spent many months receiving surgery and treatment in Cuba since his diagnosis in July 2011.

In May, he declared himself free of cancer.

However, he has never given much detail about the type of cancer he suffered from, and chose to be treated in Cuba rather than Venezuela, which has led the opposition to call for greater transparency.

Mr Chavez’s recent visit to Cuba follows his re-election in October for a third term in office.

Photo: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to return to Cuba for more cancer surgery. In May, he declared himself free of cancer. He was re-elected in October for a third term in office.

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