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Olivia Newton-John says she has breast cancer; cancels tour

UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 3:48 p.m.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, actress and singer Olivia Newton-John attends the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Newton-John says she has breast cancer and is canceling her June tour. The 68-year-old singer announced Tuesday, May 30, 2017, that she initially thought she was suffering from back pain, but learned it was “breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) ORG XMIT: NYET125 (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, actress and singer Olivia Newton-John attends the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Newton-John says she has breast cancer and is canceling her June tour. The 68-year-old singer announced Tuesday, May 30, 2017, that she initially thought she was suffering from back pain, but learned it was “breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) ORG XMIT: NYET125 (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK – Olivia Newton-John says she has breast cancer and is canceling her June tour.

The 68-year-old singer said Tuesday she initially thought she was suffering from back pain, but learned it was “breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.”

Newton-John said she will complete “a short course of photon radiation therapy” and hopes to perform later this year. She said she will be treated by the medical team at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Says Newton-John: “I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists.”

Ticket buyers will be refunded for the canceled shows.


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