At age 68, Olivia Newton-John is facing a battle with breast cancer for the second time, but the “Grease” star told PEOPLE Magazine she is feeling confident about taking on the challenge.
“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the US and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” she wrote in a statement.
“I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!” she added.
The singer/songwriter told Fox News May 30 the back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has spread to the sacrum.
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” she wrote.
In addition to “natural wellness therapists,” Newton-John will also complete a short course of photon radiation therapy. The star is also “confident” that she will return to the stage later this year.
In 2012, 20 years after she first fought and won a battle with breast cancer, the entertainer launched the Olivia Newton-John Wellness and Research Centre.
She admitted to Fox News in March that loaning her name to the hospital building was “daunting,” but she ultimately received some parental advice.
“My mom said, ‘Well, if you’re going to help people, then you should do it,” she said. “That was really the answer. A very simple and straightforward one.”