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Aretha Franklin battling pancreatic cancer: Singer 'doing better than doctors expected'

BY Caroline Culbertson

DAILY NEWS WRITER

 

Thursday, December 9th 2010, 1:48 PM

 

 

Rourke/APAretha Franklin is expected to be released from the hospital over the weekend.

Brenda Corbett said Franklin "has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer," according to the Detroit Free Press.

 

Reverend Jesse Jackson has visited the Detroit native in the hospital several times since her surgery, and told the Detroit News that she is "recovering, and her spirits are high. She's doing very well. She's very prayerful."

 

In November, the Hall of Fame singer announced she was taking a six month break per her doctor's orders. She canceled all upcoming performances and personal appearances, but did not reveal her illness.

 

When news broke last week that Franklin, 68, was undergoing an unspecified medical procedure, she received an enormous outpouring of support from concerned fans worldwide.

 

"The surgery was highly successful," she said the day after. "God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!"

 

Soon after her surgery, however, The Detroit News learned from sources close to the singer's family that Franklin is battling incurable pancreatic cancer.

 

The National Enquirer suggested the singer's diagnosis was actually made several months ago, when she visited her doctor after slipping in the shower.

 

The Enquirer "claims doctors made the glum diagnosis after Aretha broke her ribs in a shower fall over the summer," reported Popcrunch.

 

While the singer's family has remained understandably quiet about addressing Franklin's specific diagnosis, the possibility of losing this music icon would be an unfathomable loss to the music community.

 

"This would be as tragic as it gets," Brian Pastoria, a Detroit studio operator who has worked with Franklin several times, told the Detroit Free Press.

 

"Aretha has inspired so many artists, so many people, all while being such a great ambassador for Detroit." he added. "I hope she can miraculously beat this, because we need her spirit moving forward."

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Unless they just happened to find it while looking at something else, chances are she's got ~6 months. Cancer sucks and pancreatic sucks the worst because it is super hard to detect until it has spread to other areas/organs. Hopefully that fall in the shower was the luck she needed to find it early.

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Unless they just happened to find it while looking at something else, chances are she's got ~6 months. Cancer sucks and pancreatic sucks the worst because it is super hard to detect until it has spread to other areas/organs. Hopefully that fall in the shower was the luck she needed to find it early.

 

Yep, 6 months or 8 months with chemo and being sick as a dog, they probably did an old school surgery to bypass an organ and give her some relief.

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Wow. Yep that's one of the if not the worst one to get. Huge huge loss for the music world. Hope she beats the odds (same to anyone battling big C for that matter).

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