Newton-John reveals cancer’s back


OLIVIA Newton-John has been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.

The Grease star explained that she will be delaying her US and Canada tour dates due to her diagnosis, but “will be back later in the year, better than ever,” she said in a statement to her Facebook page early Wednesday morning.

According to the New York Post, the 68-year-old singer, who battled breast cancer in the early 1990s, had been experiencing severe back pain during her current tour which led her to cancel meet and greets for the month of June.

However according to Newton-John’s post, the back pain “turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasised to the sacrum.”

media_cameraOlivia Newton John, left, with her sister, Rona Newton John (who died in 2013 of brain cancer) and Rona’s daughter, Tottie Goldsmith. Picture: Supplied

media_cameraOlivia Newton-John with her husband John Easterling. Picture: Supplied

In 2012, the star created the Olivia Newton-John Wellness and Research Centre in Australia.

“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,” she said in the statement.

Newton-John will undergo “a short course of photon radiation therapy” in addition to natural wellness remedies.

The star said she’d be “back later in the year, better than ever.”

Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi took to Instagram on May 9 after her superstar mum initially postponed tour dates due to back pain, asking fans for “healing prayers”.

“I love u mama. Miss U so much. Will all of u send healing prayers for my mamas back please [sic].”

media_cameraOlivia Newton-John with ex-husband Matt Lattanzi and their daughter, Chloe. Picture: Supplied

She added: “I believe in the power of positive thinking and energy. Love u all [sic].”

The star first battled breast cancer 25 years ago and has since used her own experience to promote awareness about the disease.

Fans were instructed to check her website for rescheduled tour dates.

media_cameraOlivia Newton-John became a global superstar thanks to her iconic performance opposite John Travolta in
Grease. Picture: Supplied

This article originally appeared in the New York Post

Originally published as Newton-John reveals cancer’s back

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