Sheryl Crow reveals she has a brain tumour… six years after beating breast cancer
08:31 GMT, 6 June 2012
Sheryl Crow has revealed she has a brain tumour. But the singer has urged fans not to worry as it is benign.
Crow was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, the singer-songwriter told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Crow, whose hits include 'All I Wanna Do' and 'Soak Up the Sun,' said the tumour was discovered when she went to a hospital to be tested after she was experiencing memory loss.
Survivor: Sheryl Crow performs live as part of the 2012 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California on April 29
She told the Las Vegas Review: 'I haven't really talked about it. In November, I found out I have a brain tumour. But it's
benign, so I don't have to worry about it.'
Crow also told an audience about her condition at a recent concert, which despite its serious sounding nature is very common.
Her spokeswoman Christine Wolff told E! News:
'[Crow] has no symptoms and everything is fine. It was a random mention
during the interview. It was not meant to alarm anyone.
'The tumour is a
meningioma; it's typically benign and develops from the protective
linings of the brain and spinal cord. She is doing great and is healthy and happy.'
No slowing down: Sheryl Crow was all smiles as she made her way through Los Angeles International Airport for a flight to Las Vegas on June 1
Crow elaborated on the condition in an
interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, revealing she saw a doctor
in November after experiencing memory loss.
She was prompted to get herself checked out after forgetting the lyrics to her hit song 'Soak Up the Sun' during a performance in Florida.
Crow said: 'I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumour.'
Doting mother: Crow with son Wyatt at the premiere of Cars 2 at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
However the star has managed to retain a sense of humour about her condition.
'I'm 50, what can I say My brain's gone to s***,' she said.
It was unclear whether Crow, who is currently on a nationwide tour, will undergo surgery to remove the tumour.
It isn't the first health scare for the singer who is the adoptive mother of two
boys, Wyatt Steven and Levi James. in 2006 she beat breast cancer after undergoing
surgery and radiation therapy.
came soon after the end of her three-year relationship with Tour de
France-winning cyclist Lance Armstrong. It ended just five months after
they had announced their engagement.
When Crow was subsequently diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer, she embarked on a year of soul-searching.
She said at the time: 'Most people go through a period when they’re not sure if they’ll ever stand up straight again.
was doubled over by the weight of it all, but I’m grateful for the way
things turned out. I got handed a moment that demanded I stopped.
‘It was a tipping point. I’d been heading towards something that was ultimately going to cause me a lot of unhappiness.
a relationship fall apart and then getting a cancer diagnosis helped
remind me who I was. I knew I wasn’t going to die, but it was cancer,
and you don’t want to hear that word in your life.
thought I was healthy, so why did I end up on a radiation table for
seven weeks I learned a lot of lessons. It taught me to stand up for
myself and say no.’
However, motherhood has been a positive aspect of her life, and her sons Wyatt and Levi James, accompany her wherever she goes.
said: ‘My boys are the first thing I think about in the morning and the
last thing I think about at night. All my decisions are informed by
WHAT ARE MENINGIOMA BRAIN TUMOURS AND WHAT ARE THE RISKS
Meningiomas are a set of tumours that come from the meninges, the membranous layers surrounding the central nervous system.
They are the most common primary brain tumours, accounting for one in three of all cases.
The tumours are usually benign, although a small percentage are malignant. Meningiomas often produce no symptoms throughout a person's life, and require no treatment other than periodic observation.
Most cases appear randomly, although some are hereditary. People who have been exposed to radiation – for example from x-rays – are more at risk for developing meningiomas, as are those who have had a brain injury.