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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 03:33 PM
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is suffering from pancreatic cancer, a source familiar with the situation has told The Detroit News.

Franklin has been quiet about the nature of the illness that prompted her to cancel all upcoming events, although she did acknowledge last week that she'd successfully undergone a surgical procedure.

The illness has been an increasing subject of speculation, including a post today by the National Enquirer. Separately, Fox 2 in Detroit also posted today that Franklin has cancer, attributing the information to "a close relative."

The News contacted Franklin's publicist, Tracey Jordan, who did not have a comment from Franklin.

The 68-year-old Queen of Soul announced in November that she was taking six months off under doctor's orders, but did not reveal the nature of her condition.

She underwent a procedure at a Detroit hospital last Thursday and released a statement calling the surgery "highly successful," praising her "superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country."

It is the only major cancer with a prognosis in the single digits, and those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have a 5 percent chance of living five years, said Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the multidisciplinary Pancreatic Tumor Clinic at the University of Michigan. Of those, 85 percent are not candidates for surgery and must undergo treatments which are not curative.

"It has the worst prognosis of any major human malignancy," Simeone said. "It is the most dreaded cancer to get."

But the news isn't entirely bleak. While actors Michael Landon and Patrick Swayze succumbed to pancreatic cancer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have, so far, survived it.

The pancreas is a gland in the deep recesses of the mid-abdomen behind the stomach. It produces insulin to control blood sugar and enzymes to aid digestion.

The primary risk factor for developing cancer in the pancreas is smoking. About 10 percent of patients have the cancer in their families. It is often deadly since often there are no noticeable signs in the early stages of the cancer. When present, it can imitate signs of several other illnesses. Symptoms of the cancer can include jaundice, unexplained weight loss, pain in the abdomen, fatigue and loss of appetite.

An estimated 36,800 were expected to die from pancreatic cancer this year, making it the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women, according to the National Cancer Institute. In Michigan, 1,355 residents died from pancreatic cancer in 2007, the latest data available.


From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101208/ENT04/12080413/Aretha-Franklin-stricken -with-cancer#ixzz17YR3biMa

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 04:17 PM

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 04:44 PM
Damn.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 04:57 PM
That's too bad. The Queen of Soul will hopefully overcome. Our Prayers are with her.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 05:04 PM
Cancer sucks!

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 05:04 PM
Can't be said enough ... Cancer SUCKS!

Keeping the Queen of Soul and her family in thoughts and wishing her strength and healing.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 05:34 PM
I am extremely sorry to read this. Her musical legacy is so huge. Long live the Queen of Soul!

Cancer sucks!

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 05:35 PM
I lost my cousin three years ago to this form of cancer , very few survive its really sad . Since my cousins death I have had my first prostate examination and a colonoscopy is next , early detection is key with cancer .

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 05:51 PM
Man, that is very, very tragic to hear. I just read the release. So sad. Pancreatic CA is the most lethal form of CA known to man. Good vibes and best wishes to one heck of a singer and person, Queen Aretha.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 06:22 PM
My ex-mother in-law is suffering from this form of cancer now. I do not think she is going to make Christmas. Even though I am not married into this family any longer, they are still family to me and she along with her husband of 46+ years have been superb grandparents to my daughter. My heart aches when I hear cancer especially pancreatic. Prayers to Aretha and her family.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 06:36 PM
Aretha is one of my favorite vocalists. I was listening to "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" this morning on vinyl. I never tire of her sweet, soulful voice. What a tragedy. Prayers going up for Ms. Retha!

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 07:33 PM
Prayers and good vibes to Aretha.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 09:50 PM
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  posted on 12/8/2010 at 11:54 PM
Prayers and comfort for the Queen

 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 05:38 AM
Very sad news...

Prayers and positve thoughts for Aretha ...

I lost one of my best friends to Pancreatic Cancer back in 2003. It is indeed the worst of the worst ...

Cancer sucks...

 

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Thats awful to hear. I am in the medical field and work with cancer patients on a daily basis. Pancreatic cancer is a pretty ugly one. I hate to say that, but it is not pretty by anymeans.

 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 09:05 AM
MY wife's uncle beat pancreatic cancer about three years back and has been going strong since. It will take a lot of courage and will if she is going to past this and I sure hope she can.
 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 09:22 AM
Thoughts and prayers going out to the Queen of Soul.
 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 10:38 AM
Prayers and positive thoughts for Aretha

 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 10:41 AM


cancer sucks...big time.....

Prayers to the Queen of Soul....

 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 10:43 AM
I hate that damn disease.
 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 12:49 PM
This is such sad news. Pancreatic cancer is usually pretty aggressive.

God, I hate this disease. Prays for the Queen of Soul.

 

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  posted on 12/9/2010 at 12:54 PM
Bummer, cancer f-ing sucks!!
 
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