Sharon Jones has postponed her tour and upcoming album after being diagnosed with Stage 1 bile duct cancer, the singer announced Monday.
According to a release issued by Jones' representatives, her illness was discovered early and has not spread, but requires surgery. “It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence,” the statement read.
The 57-year-old soul singer issued an upbeat response, saying she is already looking forward to getting back on the road with her band, the Dap-Kings.
“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable!