Oct. 17 - Cuba's Raul Castro greets Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as the socialist leader arrives to see if recent chemotherapy treatments are beating his cancer. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Cuban President Raul Castro was at the airport in Havana on Monday (October 17) to greet Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is on the island for tests to see if recent chemotherapy treatments are beating his cancer. Castro and his foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, greeted the 57-year-old Chavez, whose illness has turned Venezuelan politics on their head. Chavez disappeared from the public view for several weeks starting in June when he had a cancerous tumour removed by doctors in Havana. Since returning to Venezuela, Chavez has done his best to appear energetic and healthy, claiming the four rounds of chemotherapy have been successful and that this round of tests will declare him cancer free. He clearly feels upbeat and re-energized, yet cancer experts say it takes several years before anyone can be confident they have beaten cancer.