Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said he will be traveling to Cuba again to undergo a third round of radiotherapy in the hope of beating his cancer diagnosed last year.
"Tomorrow night I will again fly to Cuba to continue my battle for my life and health," the Venezuelan leader told state television on Friday.
Chavez made the announcement after spending some time with family members in his native state of Barinas in the west of the country.
He said he will meet with Vice President Elias Jaua, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro and other members of the cabinet before the departure.
Chavez, 57, who is facing a tough re-election fight this year, is expected to complete five weeks of radiation treatment in Havana, but return home for brief periods during that time.
He completed the first two rounds of treatment in Havana, where he had surgery last month to remove a malignant tumor in the same area where another tumor was excised in June 2011.