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Toby Keith Says He Has Stomach Cancer: NPR


Honoree Toby Keith performs at the 46th Annual Songwriters Induction and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2015 in New York City.

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Toby Keith Says He Has Stomach Cancer: NPR

Honoree Toby Keith performs at the 46th Annual Songwriters Induction and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2015 in New York City.

Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Country music star Toby Keith announced on Sunday that he has been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer since last fall.

The multi-platinum singer said on Twitter that he had undergone surgery and received chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the past six months.

“So far so good,” said Keith, an Oklahoma native who turns 61 on July 8. “I need time to breathe, recover and relax.

“I’m looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I’ll be seeing the fans sooner rather than later. I can’t wait.”

Keith’s performance status for the remainder of this year was not immediately clear. Its next performance is scheduled for June 17 in Wheaton, Illinois, according to its website. After Keith’s announcement, the Ohio State Fair announced that his July 28 concert in Columbus, Ohio had been cancelled.

Keith’s publicist Elaine Schock said in an email Sunday night that some tour dates would be cancelled, “but I don’t know how many at this point.”

Keith’s foundation has been helping children with cancer since 2006.


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