Last week, we heard that soul and R&B singing legend Aretha Franklin underwent some type of surgery and we now know she is battling pancreatic cancer. Aretha Franklin’s family has confirmed the news to Billboard.
Fans knew in November that the Queen of Soul was battling some type of health problem after she canceled all of her appearances through May 2011 “at the insistence” of her doctors. But the Aretha Franklin pancreatic cancer diagnosis comes as a major shock. She had surgery last week and announced afterward that it was “highly successful.”
Reverend Jesse Jackson visited 68-year-old Aretha Franklin after her surgery and spoke with the Detroit News.
He said she was ‘recovering, and her spirits are high. She’s doing very well. She’s very prayerful. She’s a woman of deep religious faith.’
When it comes to cancer, pancreatic cancer ranks right up there with the worst of them and often has no warning signs until it’s too late. Two in ten people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer live at least one year after being diagnosed, and less than 4% will still be alive after five years, according to The American Cancer Society. They also say the three types of treatment available for pancreatic cancer are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The National Cancer Institute reports that there were 43,140 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the U.S. last year and 36,800 deaths from the disease including actor Patrick Swayze.
The next time you say your prayers, say an extra one for Aretha Franklin. Let’s hope she finds the strength to get through this difficult time.
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