Entertainer Olivia Newton-John has announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
Olivia’s team explained on Facebook she was “reluctantly” postponing US tour dates to undergo treatment after back pain was found to be breast cancer returning and metastasizing to a bone in her lower back.
“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,” the statement said.
Olivia said she decided on which therapies and treatment to undertake “after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne”.
The singer and actress has been a passionate activist for breast cancer research and awareness since her initial 1992 diagnosis, and opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in 2012.
Singer Tina Arena was among those sending well wishes, telling News Corp her longtime friend is “a fighter”.
“She is someone I have the absolute utmost respect for. She’s a human being who’s given so much to the fibre of this country and also to the world,” she said.
“Knowing the kind of woman she is, she turns things around and she is capable of turning this around too. She is a fighter.
“Australia will rally behind Olivia, the world will rally behind her because she’s loved and that love will make her move forward. That’s what I believe.”
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