Lead Singer of Heart Diagnosed With Cancer, Postpones Tour, Dick Vitale Set to Receive Cancer Surgery and More

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From the lead singer of Heart’s cancer diagnosis and postponing their tour to Dick Vitale’s upcoming cancer surgery, here’s what’s going on in the cancer space this week.

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The rock band, Heart, has postponed their 2024 tour after their lead singer, Ann Wilson, revealed her cancer diagnosis.

The rock band, Heart, postponed its 2024 tour after the lead singer was diagnosed with cancer.

Heart, the rock band known for its hits in the 1970s and 1980s including “Barracuda” and “Magic Man,” postponed its 2024 North American tour until 2025 because the group’s lead singer, Ann Wilson, received a cancer diagnosis.

Wilson, who is 74 years old, wrote on Instagram, “I recently underwent an operation to remove something that, as it turns out, was cancerous. The operation was a success and I’m feeling great but my doctors are now advising me to undergo a course of preventive chemotherapy and I’ve decided to do it. And so my doctors are instructing me to take the rest of the year away from the stage in order to fully recover.”

Wilson then apologized to ticket buyers and said she “absolutely plans to be back on stage in 2025.” She did not disclose what kind of cancer she was diagnosed with.

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale announced that he will undergo cancer surgery.

Dick Vitale, an ESPN college basketball analyst and cancer survivor Dick Vitale will be undergoing surgery to remove cancer from his neck, according to a post that he made on X (formerly Twitter).

He wrote, “My report on the biopsy of the lymph node in my neck has arrived and it is cancerous. With all the [prayers] I have received and the loving support of my family, friends and ESPN colleagues, I will win this battle. Surgery on [Tuesday] will be a success. Thanks for all the prayers.”

This is not the first cancer diagnosis for Vitale, who is currently 85 years old. He was diagnosed with vocal chord cancer in 2023, lymphoma in 2022 and skin cancer in 2023.

Lupita Nyong’o reflected on her character with cancer.

Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, portrayed a patient with terminal cancer in sci-fi thriller film “Quiet Place: Day One,” and reflected on how it felt losing her close friend and “Black Panther” co-star Chadwick Boseman to colon cancer in 2020.

She spoke with PEOPLE and said it was “scary to have to go there” as she portrayed a role where the film’s character is “really facing their mortality, even before this apocalypse takes place, and whose life is slipping between her fingers.”

“In the end, it was actually very therapeutic because I had just experienced not too many years ago, the death of Chadwick Boseman, which shook me to my core,” she said to PEOPLE. “I definitely was thinking about that a lot.”

A race car driver and “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings” star died of cancer.

Lizzy Musi, a race car driver known for starring on the show, “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings,” died of stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 33. Musi announced her cancer diagnosis in the spring of 2023, and in July 2023 posted imaging results from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that showed that her cancer did not progress.

Then, a June 28 Facebook post by Musi’s father, Pat Musi — who is also a street racer — announced the news of her death.

“Surrounded by her Family, in the comfort of her own home, Lizzy was called to heaven at 11:25pm tonight. Thank you for all the prayers and support throughout her battle, At this time, the family would like to have time to process, [grieve] and make arrangements in peace. We will give an update as soon as we have information to share,” he wrote.

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