Toby Keith announces he has stomach cancer at 60

  • Country singer Toby Keith has revealed he has stomach cancer.
  • The 60-year-old has been undergoing treatment since his diagnosis last fall.
  • “So far so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” he said in a statement.

    On Sunday, Toby Keith revealed to fans that he had stomach cancer. The country music star shared the news via Instagram, writing that he was diagnosed last fall.

    “I’ve spent the last six months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery,” the 60-year-old ‘Red Solo Cup’ singer revealed. “So far so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.

    He continued, “I’m looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner rather than later. I can’t wait.

    The musician is currently on tour, with shows scheduled in Illinois and Michigan on June 17 and 18. As of press time, there has been no official announcement as to whether or not the performances will still take place.

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    Fans and followers expressed their love and best wishes to the musician, who released his first album in five years, Peso in my pocket, Last year. “Praying for you and thinking of your brother,” one person commented. “Lots of love your way Toby 👍❤️,” added another. “Praying for you!! I’m going through cancer treatments too!!! We can do this, Toby!!!” someone else wrote.

    According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of people diagnosed with stomach cancer is 65, and it affects men more often. According to the society, around six in 10 people aged 65 and over are diagnosed with the disease each year, but overall cases have declined over the past 10 years.

    The most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma, an overgrowth of cells often treated with targeted drug therapy. Less common types are gastrointestinal stromal tumors, neuroendocrine tumors, and lymphomas, which may require more vigorous treatment.

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    Prior to his diagnosis, Keith spent years advocating for cancer patients, especially children, through the Toby Keith Foundation, which he founded in 2006. The nonprofit organization’s mission is “to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and to support OK Kids Korral,” which is a “free, convenient, and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment” in the state Originally from Keith, Oklahoma.

    “There is no greater gift than keeping families strong and united during a difficult time,” reads the foundation’s website. “If we can relieve the stress of a family, encourage a sibling and comfort a sick child, then we will make a difference in the fight against cancer.

    Our thoughts are with Keith and his family at this time.

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