Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has canceled upcoming tour dates to accommodate treatment. The 43-year-old artist will undergo surgery and her doctor expects a "speedy and

Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has canceled upcoming tour dates to accommodate treatment. The 43-year-old artist will undergo surgery and her doctor expects a "speedy and complete recovery," her publicist says in a statement.

"I am fortunate to be under a wonderful doctor's care and thankful that this was caught early," Etheridge says in the statement. "I am looking forward to a quick and full recovery."

The artist had North American dates in support of the her latest Island album, "Lucky," scheduled through the end of the month. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

It is unclear if Etheridge's illness will affect her work on her upcoming ABC sitcom, in which she stars as a gay woman raising the daughter of a friend with her straight male roommate.


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