Olivia Newton-John has made the announcement that her breast cancer has returned. What’s more, the cancer has sadly now spread to her back.
The 68-year-old shared the news with fans while announcing she had, with great reluctance, postponed her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates.
Olivia first battled breast cancer in 1992, at the age of 43.
She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction. After her battle, Olivia built the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.
A statement on her social media on Tuesday stated, “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.”
Initially, Olivia postponed the first half of her tour earlier this month. She assumed the source of the back pain was sciatica.
And around that time, Olivia’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi posted a photo of herself and her mother on Instagram with the following message: “I love u mama. Miss U so much. Will all of u send healing prayers for my mamas back please [sic].”
The social media post included Olivia’s treatment plan: “In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy. She is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”
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