Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue spent the weekend recuperating after successful breast cancer surgery Friday at a Melbourne hospital. Her surgeon is confident the cancer had been caught in time.

Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue spent the weekend recuperating after successful breast cancer surgery Friday at a Melbourne hospital. Her surgeon is confident the cancer had been caught in time.

Local media reported that Kylie left the Cabrini hospital in Melbourne on Saturday, but there was no indication where she would stay during her convalescence.

Minogue's surgeon, Dr. Jenny Senior, gave no details about the operation or any follow-up procedures. However, Dr. Cindy Pam, a medical commentator on Australia's Network Seven, said breast surgery patients would normally undergo a course of radiotherapy.

"What extra treatments are required will depend on the size of the tumor and the grade of the tumor, as in how aggressive it is, and of course whether or not there is any spread to the lymph nodes," she said. "The thing with breast cancer is it's sort of a long-term treatment. The main thing is you don't want to have any further recurrences."

Minogue last week revealed that she had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and postponed her Australian and Asian "Showgirl Tour" concerts, while her management said initial tests had shown the cancer was confined to the breast.

Younger sister Dannii, also a pop singer, flew from London to join family and friends by her side. The Sunday Telegraph newspaper quoted an unnamed family friend as saying Minogue, her boyfriend -- the French film actor Olivier Martinez -- and her family hoped she would be performing again soon.

News of Minogue's breast cancer has dominated Australian and British media and has attracted words of sympathy and support from some of the music industry's biggest names. International media have camped outside the Minogue family home since news of the cancer broke.

In Australia's capital, Canberra, tourists and fans flocked to an exhibition of more than 300 of Minogue's touring costumes at the National Portrait Gallery, including a pair of hot pants worn in one raunchy music video.

"It has been a huge, and very popular exhibition," said gallery spokesperson Suzie Campbell. "Because the concerts were postponed, a lot of people have probably come to feel close to her by being able to relive her old concerts by seeing them on the exhibition's cinema screen, and through the costumes," she said.

Fans posted messages of support on Minogue's official Web site, while in Melbourne security guards were stationed at the street used to film the soap opera "Neighbors," where Minogue first found fame, to stop stray sightseers and the media.

Australian clinics have reported a flood of women seeking breast cancer check-ups. There is currently no cure for the disease, with the medical focus on early detection as the best way to survive.


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