Olivia Newton-John has been diagnosed with breast cancer that has metastasized into her back, the singer announced on Facebook Tuesday.
The 68-year-old “Grease” star “is reluctantly postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates” while she is treated, the statement said.
She is touring to support her album “LIV ON,” a collection of inspirational songs about overcoming trauma in her life, including her first fight against breast cancer in 1992 and the death of her sister, Rona, to brain cancer in 2013, according to People.
“The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum,” the statement said.
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“In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”
She chose her treatment therapies after consulting with physicians, natural therapists and the medical team at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” the singer said in the statement.
Newton-John has championed cancer causes since she survived breast cancer the first time, when she had a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction.
She launched the research center in Australia in 2012. She told Fox News that putting her name on the building was “daunting,” but she was encouraged by her mother.
“My mom said, ‘Well, if you’re going to help people, then you should do it,’” she told Fox. “That was really the answer. A very simple and straightforward one.”
New dates for the concerts will be posted on her website, OliviaNewton-John.com.