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

Just two weeks ago, Newton-John postponed the first half of her concert tour because of severe back pain from what she thought was sciatica, but further testing found it was actually cancer that had spread.

After besting the disease, she started supporting others who are undergoing the same, leading to the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre.

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and has raised funds for research and treatment as well as campaigning against animal cruelty.

Newton-John has been a chart-topper since the 1970s with songs that stretch into pop, folk and country but she became best-known for starring in the 1978 musical comedy "Grease" alongside John Travolta. The 31-year-old, took to Instagram on Wednesday (May 31) to share an update with her followers, revealing that her mother will be using natural healing remedies and modern medicine to beat the disease.

"My mom is so powerful she will beat this in no time", she added.

The "Grease" star has "reluctantly" postponed her planned performances next month in the U.S. and Canada after learning the life-threatening disease has spread to her sacrum. "At this time, we're a go-forward, and if or when we hear anything different, we'll let everyone know".

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"My mom and I are humans and unfortunately my mother's cancer has to be everyone's business", she continued.

Ticker buyers for upcoming concerts should contact the venues directly for a refund.

The singer is staying optimistic, admitting she believes she will return to the stage later this year "better than ever".

"Deep down, there was always a tiny nugget of hope inside me that said, 'You'll be OK".

"I felt complete and utter dread", she told the Daily Mail in 2009.


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