On Monday, Basilica Block Party headliner Sharon Jones announced she has stage-one bile duct cancer, forcing her band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, to cancel their entire 2013 tour.
"Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, which has fortunately been discovered early and has not spread," the band said in a statement. "It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence."
The Basilica Block Party said a replacement headliner for the Saturday night show will be announced in the next few weeks.
"Over the last few weeks, I haven't felt good and I didn't know what was going on," Jones said. "We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. 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. I'll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!"
The band has worked with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Michael Buble, but the Brooklyn-based revival of 60's soul music won't be taking to the stage for the rest of the year and will delay the release of its upcoming album.
Cities 97 Program Director Lauren MacLeash is one of the organizers for the Basilica Block Party, and she told FOX 9 News while they were shocked and saddened to see the band cancel, she believes Jones will recover well.
"This is the first year we've had Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and we were so excited to bring this music to a lot of people who have probably never seen her before or listened to her music and their music, so we were really disappointed," she said. "She seems to be very positive about it, and that's what you have to have with this something like this."
Dr. Hernando Gonzalez explained that bile duct cancer is fairly rare, affecting only 2,000-3,000 Americans each year, but he said if it's caught early like Jones' tumor, patients have a good chance of making a full recovery.
"Stage one probably has a good chance of a cure with proper surgery and proper interventions and treatments," he said.
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