by means of: Alicia Patton† Addy BinkNexstar Media Wire
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Country singer Toby Keith revealed on Sunday that he was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and is receiving private treatment.
“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith, 60, wrote on Twitter† “I’ve had chemo, radiation and surgery for the past six months. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax. I look forward to spending this time with my family, but I will see the fans sooner or later. I can not wait.”
Stomach cancer “starts when cells in the stomach begin to grow uncontrollably,” according to the American Cancer Society. Sometimes known as stomach cancer, stomach cancer accounts for about 1.5% of all new cancers diagnosed in the US each year. Survival rates are based on how far the cancer has spread.
The singer has long worked to support people with cancer diagnoses. In 2006, Keith founded the Toby Keith Foundation, an organization that streamlines its efforts to provide free housing for children with cancer. In 2014, the OK Kids Korral foundation opened a free home for pediatric cancer patients being treated at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma.
Concerts scheduled for June, July, August and September are still on Keith’s website. It’s unclear how many of these will be canceled or postponed. Keith is also scheduled to perform at Coachella Crossroads in Coachella, California on November 11.