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Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

July 10, 2018 GMT

Elvis Costello revealed that he was recently diagnosed with a “small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy” and canceled the final six dates of his ongoing European tour.

While the singer-songwriter began the summer trek after undergoing surgery, he wrote on his website that doctors urged him to nix the dates to avoid putting his “health at risk.”

“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,’” Costello wrote. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery. I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead.”

While he didn’t name the specific form of cancer, he confirmed that it affects males specifically. Costello ended his statement on a positive note, referencing a tentative October release date for his upcoming, “magnificent new record” with longtime backing band the Imposters.