Olivia Newton-John is putting her U.S. and Canadian tours on hold after discovering she has cancer, in her latest announcement on Facebook.
Doctors have diagnosed the singer, 68, with breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum, according to the statement. The star initially postponed the first half of her concert tour two weeks ago because of severe back pain from what she thought was sciatica; however, further tests discovered it was actually cancer that spread.
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.
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” says Newton-John in the statement.
There will be no interview requests accepted at this time as she focuses on her treatment and healing. Ticket buyers for the upcoming concerts should contact venues directly about refunds. Rescheduled concert dates will be posted at OliviaNewton-John.com in the coming weeks.
The star has been touring her inspirational album LIV ON, which is a personal collection of songs about overcoming trauma, including her bout with breast cancer in 1992 and the loss of her sister Rona to brain cancer in 2013.