According to a close family member, doctors have diagnosed the Queen of Soul with Pancreatic Cancer.
From Yahoo! News:
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is suffering from pancreatic cancer, a source familiar with the situation has told The Detroit News.
Franklin has been quiet about the nature of the illness that prompted her to cancel all upcoming events, although she did acknowledge last week that she’d successfully undergone a surgical procedure.
The News contacted Franklin’s publicist, Tracey Jordan, who did not have a comment from Franklin.
The 68-year-old Queen of Soul announced in November that she was taking six months off under doctor’s orders, but did not reveal the nature of her condition.
She underwent a procedure at a Detroit hospital last Thursday and released a statement calling the surgery “highly successful,” praising her “superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country.”
It is the only major cancer with a prognosis in the single digits, and those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have a 5 percent chance of living five years, said Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the multidisciplinary Pancreatic Tumor Clinic at the University of Michigan. Of those, 85 percent are not candidates for surgery and must undergo treatments which are not curative.
“It has the worst prognosis of any major human malignancy,” Simeone said. “It is the most dreaded cancer to get.”
This is a breaking news story, and I’m sure more details will come out soon. Praying for you Queen!