NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Country singer Toby Keith revealed Sunday that he was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and privately receiving treatment.
The singer, 60, announced on Twitter that he has stomach cancer and has spent the last six months receiving chemotherapy treatments.
“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” he wrote, “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation, and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax. I am looking forward to spending this time with my family, but I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait,” said Keith in a Twitter post.
Stomach cancer “begins when cells in the stomach start to grow out of control,” according to the American Cancer Society. Stomach cancer, sometimes known as gastric cancer, accounts for about 1.5% of all new cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
Keith began the Toby Keith Foundation, an organization that streamlines its efforts around no-cost housing for children with cancer, in 2006. In 2014, the foundation opened OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home for pediatric cancer patients who receive treatment at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma.
Keith is expected to perform at Coachella Crossroads in Coachella, California on November 11. Tour dates in June, July, August, and September are still listed on Keith’s website. It’s unclear how many, if any, of these will be canceled or postponed.