Aretha Franklin pancreatic cancer reports saddened her fans yesterday. An Aretha Franklin pancreatic cancer diagnosis is one of the worst case scenarios for the fame singer. Everyone knew that something was wrong with her, when she canceled her upcoming stage shows. Last week, fans held a vigil for her when she went into the hospital, although they didn’t know what was wrong. Today, unconfirmed reports have Aretha Franklin fighting pancreatic cancer, which has spread many grim fears.
The legendary performer had a secret procedure done for her last Thursday, which triggered prayers and vigils for her. No one knew what she was suffering from, but they knew it was serious, since it caused her to cancel many shows over the last few months.
Today, Aretha Franklin pancreatic cancer reports are spreading, although nothing official has been announced yet. Nevertheless, a source for the Detroit Free Press stated that it was her diagnosis, as did other reports through the news and blogs. But neither her nor her family has gone on the record on what she has.
Yet they have stated confidence that she will be back on stage eventually. Her cousin, Brenda Corbett, told the Free Press that Franklin should perform again in spring or summer 2011. In addition, she asked that she be given “time to heal” before she discloses her illness.
If the Aretha Franklin pancreatic cancer reports are true, however, it would trigger a lot of fears. Dr. H. Leon Pachter, NYU Langone Medical Center chairman of surgery, told CBS News that patients have a 35 percent chance at a five-year survival rate.
However, famous figures like Steve Jobs and Ruth Bader Ginsberg have lived on with the disease for years, while others can go on for more than a decade. Yet Patrick Swayze, Don Hewitt and Michael Landon all fell to the disease before long.
Despite all of the Aretha Franklin pancreatic cancer speculation, the singer is expected to leave the hospital this weekend, according to Corbett. Her surgery last week was said to be successful, so much so that they already have a time table set for her stage comeback. But if these rumors are true, more aggressive surgery will be needed in the future.
Waves of support have already formed in Motown, the music world, and around the world in general. The vigils already proved that Aretha Franklin won’t fight pancreatic cancer, or whatever she has, without her fans and followers by her side.
Detroit Free Press- “Aretha Franklin receives an outpouring of support amid health trouble”
CBS News- “Aretha Franklin Has Pancreatic Cancer, Reports Say: What Are Her Odds?”
Canoe- “Franklin aims for spring return”