Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Olivia Newton-John confirms she's battling cancer again

Olivia Newton-John confirms she's battling cancer again

Olivia Newton-John has confirmed that she's battling cancer for the third time, after initially denying reports she canceled appearances because of her health.

In a new interview with Australia's Sunday Night programme, Newton-John revealed doctors discovered a tumour at the base of her spine a year ago.

"I'm one of millions in this fight - I shouldn't say fight - in this journey", she said.

This time she said she had taken a slightly different approach, fighting the disease with a mixture of radiation treatment and a healthier diet - she has lost weight after cutting out sugar completely. She notes her husband has been her rock through it all and that "I believe I will win over it". She said she hopes medicinal marijuana will soon become legal in her home country of Australia.

The singer and actor was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and underwent chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy.

Outside of her own battles with cancer, the disease has struck another member of her family: Her sister died six weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in 2013.

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"So, if I allow myself to go there, I could easily create that, you know, big fear".

Olivia's husband of ten years, John Easterling, is founder of the Amazon Herb Company, and grows cannabis for her at their ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

Newton-John says he is her number one support system through it all. Newton-John added, "A lot of people see it as a fight".

"What we all thought she defeated is still there", he said. I see it as part of my mission. I have nothing to complain about, ' the Grease star said.

The Australian singer and actress, who first found fame in the hit movie-musical Grease, told Australia's 7 network that she was "treating it naturally and doing really well". "I have a wonderful husband, I have all the animals I adore, I have an incredible career".

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