Toby Keith announces that he has stomach cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments


Toby Keith announces that he has stomach cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments

  • Keith, 60, revealed Sunday that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year
  • The country singer said he has been doing chemotherapy for six months
  • He wrote that he also went through radiation treatments and surgery
  • ‘So far, so good,’ he said of the treatments
  • The hitmaker said he was ‘looking forward to spending’ time with his family

Toby Keith announced on Sunday that he had been battling cancer since late last year.

In a statement posted to social media, the 60-year-old country music singer shared that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, which he was battling aggressively with several treatments.

Although he was light on details about his current condition and prognosis, he said things were ‘So far, so good.’

Health scare: Toby Keith, 60, announced on Sunday that he had been battling cancer since late last year; seen in 2021 in Austin, Texas

Health scare: Toby Keith, 60, announced on Sunday that he had been battling cancer since late last year; seen in 2021 in Austin, Texas

‘Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,’ Keith began his statement. ‘I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery.’

He seemed upbeat about his condition and was looking forward to some down time. 

‘So far, so good,’ he continued. ‘I need to breathe, recover and relax.’

Keith concluded with plans for private time before he go back on the road: ‘I am looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait. —T.’

Trying everything: In a statement posted to social media, the country music singer shared that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, which he was battling aggressively with several treatments

Trying everything: In a statement posted to social media, the country music singer shared that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, which he was battling aggressively with several treatments

On all fronts: 'I've spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery,' he wrote, adding that he was planning to see his fans 'soon than later'; seen in 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

On all fronts: ‘I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery,’ he wrote, adding that he was planning to see his fans ‘soon than later’; seen in 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

It’s unclear if Keith plans to honor the tour dates already listed on his website, as he’s set to perform at Ribfest in Wheaton, Illinois, on June 17 and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the following day.

Shortly after the cancer statement, the Ohio State Fair announced on social media that the singer’s performance on July 28 had been canceled, suggesting he may be off the road at last through next month.

Keith has been a popular country performer since the early 1990s, though his big breakthrough came in 1999 with the release of his hit single How Do You Like Me Now?!.

The single was number one on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and it showed plenty of crossover success by peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 

In January 2021, Keith was presented with the National Medal of Arts by then-President Donald Trump, whom he had supported, around the same time that the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time.

Time off: Shortly after the cancer statement, the Ohio State Fair announced on social media that the singer's performance on July 28 had been canceled, suggesting he may be off the road at last through next month; seen in 2011

Time off: Shortly after the cancer statement, the Ohio State Fair announced on social media that the singer’s performance on July 28 had been canceled, suggesting he may be off the road at last through next month; seen in 2011

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