"I don't ask why patients lie, I just assume they all do"

The quote is from everyone’s favorite cantankerous physician, Dr. House.

I thought about it today when reading that, in the next few days, Hugo Chávez will return to Cuba for his third round of chemotherapy.

Chávez has told us he is “cancer-free.” He claims his cancer “did not metasthasize.” Just last Friday, he said all his tests had come back “normal.”

So, is he really cancer-free? Is this round of chemo just to eliminate any traces of cancer?

Or is he lying? Is he sicker than he claims to be?

Thoughts?

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