By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore
CARACAS | Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:46pm EST
(Reuters) - Venezuela's cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is recovering in Cuba and is not in a coma as some have rumored a month after surgery, his brother, Adan Chavez, said after a visit to Havana.
The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 cancer surgery - his fourth such operation after the disease was detected in his pelvic area in mid-2011 - leaving Venezuela in a state of national suspense.
But older brother Adan Chavez, who is governor of the family's home state of Barinas, said the president was improving daily, according to a press release on Saturday from his office.
"The head of state continues to assimilate treatment well and his recovery is advancing daily," read the statement.