Singer Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have decided to postpone their upcoming album and tour after the singer was diagnosed with cancer.
Jones was recently handed a diagnosis of Stage I bild-duct cancer and will undergo surgery to remove any tumors.
The 57-year-old is expected to undergo a lengthy convalescence followed by what doctors believe will be a full recovery.
The Dap-Kings were scheduled to release their sixth album on August 6. With Sharon Jones now preparing for chemo-treatment, that album will arrive sometime in the undisclosed future.
On the bands website Jones writes:
“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable!
Sharon Jones has promised to keep fans updated with her progress:
“I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I’ll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!”
According to the American Cancer Society, bile-duct cancer affects approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people in the United States every year. Bile-duct cancer affects a thin tube that connects the liver to the small intestine.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings released their first album in 2002. The band is known for their mix of 60s and 70s soul music.
Our best wishes go out to the singer as she battles her stage 1 cancer.
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