Chavez: 'Not a malignant cell in this body'
updated 5:47 AM EDT, Fri October 21, 2011
In a government photo, Hugo Chavez speaks next to daughter Rosa Virginia before taking a plane to Cuba on Sunday.
- Venezuelan leader says he has beaten cancer
- He was in Cuba for some medical tests
- The experience made him more religious, he said
(CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, back in his home country after five days of medical tests in Cuba, said Thursday that he was cured from the cancer he was diagnosed with this year.
"There are no malignant cells in this body. They don't exist," Chavez said during a visit to the state of Tachira, which borders Colombia. He was there to give thanks to Santo Cristo de la Grita, a statue depicting Jesus Christ.
Just four months ago, Chavez underwent emergency surgery in Cuba after he was found to have cancer.
"In these four months that have passed, we can say that a vital stage has concluded in the treatment of the illness that surprised me," Chavez said.
Hugo Chavez makes public appearance
The tests he underwent in Cuba in the past days showed that his body had healed from his surgery and that chemotherapy left no toxins in his organs, he said.
Chavez said that the period seemed longer than four months and that during the ordeal, felt more Christian than before.
His health registered a perfect score, he said, adding that he will continue to monitor himself.
In June, he announced that doctors in Cuba had removed a cancerous tumor from his body. He has not said what type of cancer it was.
Chavez has undergone treatments in both Venezuela and Cuba.
Last month, the president was in Cuba for what he said was his fourth and possibly final round of chemotherapy.
Chavez has pledged to run for re-election next year, dismissing speculation that his illness would force him out of politics.
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:26 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
updated 7:09 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
updated 1:01 PM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
updated 10:48 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
updated 12:07 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
updated 7:15 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
updated 7:06 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
updated 7:37 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
updated 2:18 AM EST, Fri February 8, 2013
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.