Soul singer Sharon Jones has been forced to cancel her current tour because of illness.
The 57-yr-old singer, who is the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, was just diagnosed with Stage 1 bile duct cancer.
The group had recently began touring in anticipation of the release of their fifth album Give the People What They Want, on August 6. Both the tour and album release are now postponed.
In a statement, Jones explained:
Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on…. 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! I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover.
Her website explains that due to the “invasive and complex nature” of the surgery, she will require “a rather lengthy convalescence”.
In the meantime, you might enjoy hearing the first single off the album, called Retreat.
Bile is a thick yellow-green digestive fluid which contains primarily cholesterol, bile acids (also called bile salts), and bilirubin (a breakdown product of red blood cells). It also contains water and body salts (potassium and sodium).It’s function is to break down fats into fatty acids which can be absorbed by the body.
Bile is produced by cells in the liver and flows through small tubes (ductules) which run throughout the liver. These small tubes come together to form larger tubes (ducts) and eventually form the right and left hepatic ducts. These exit the liver and form into a common hepatic duct. About one third of the way along the length of the bile duct, the gallbladder (a small organ that stores bile between meals) attaches by a small duct called the cystic duct and forms the common bile duct. The common bile duct passes through part of the pancreas before it empties into the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum), next to where the pancreatic duct also enters the small intestine (see diagram).
Bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the ducts that are outside the liver.
Having colitis or certain liver diseases can increase the risk of bile duct cancer.
Possible signs of bile duct cancer include jaundice and pain.
These and other symptoms may be caused by bile duct cancer or by other conditions:
After extrahepatic bile duct cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the bile duct or to other parts of the body. This will determine what kind of treatment options are available.
The following types of surgery are used to treat bile duct cancer:
Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. There are two types of radiation therapy. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer. The way the radiation therapy is given depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. When chemotherapy is taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle, the drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells throughout the body ( systemic chemotherapy). When chemotherapy is placed directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, an organ, or a body cavity such as the abdomen, the drugs mainly affect cancer cells in those areas ( regional chemotherapy). The way the chemotherapy is given depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.
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