"That is why he is undergoing such aggressive chemotherapy. If it were some kind of prostate cancer, he would be undergoing hormonal therapy which would hardly be noticeable."
He added that it's not prostate cancer. It's "very close to the prostate. (It) probably invade(d) the bladder (or) originate(d) in the bladder and is invading the pelvis."
"It is most likely a tumor on the lliopsoas muscle. (It) runs from the lumbar portion of the vertebral column to the femur".The cancer either started in the muscle or has settled there."
On October 22, 2011, Venezuela Analysis debunked Navarrete's diagnosis and prognosis. Venezuelan doctors headed by Fidel Ramirez accused him of "scientific negligence."
Ramirez's practice includes general medicine and gastroenterology. He, opthamologist Earle Siso Garcia, and trauma surgeon Rafael Vargas accused Navarrete of "daring to make diagnoses and prognoses without the necessary medical information, which we reiterate is completely unknown to him."
Ramirez said he "does not have, nor has he had any scientific information in order to be able to talk about the health of president Chavez, not even about the type of cancer he endured."
He may have had informal contact with him, but "it was never a physician-patient relationship. There is no truth to (his) comment."
A joint press conference statement on live television added that Navarrete "has not been President Chavez's physician, nor the family doctor of any of the President's relatives."
His comments were uncalled for. They violated medical ethics. They lack "scientific grounding." They're based on "an alleged medical examination in which Navarrete never took part."
Fourteen months later, Chavez underwent his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months for the same illness. Recovery chances at best are daunting.
Hopefully they'll prove good. The fullness of time will have final say.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."