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Olivia Newton-John reveals she’s battling cancer for the third time

Olivia Newton-John - REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Olivia Newton-John reveals she’s battling cancer for the third time

Olivia Newton-John reveals she’s battling cancer for the third time

In a new interview with Australia’s Sunday Night, Olivia Newton-John has confirmed that she’s battling cancer for the third time, opening up for the first time about a 2013 bout with the disease – her second – that she previously decided to keep to herself.

For Olivia Newton-John, who turns 70 in a few weeks, breast cancer first reared its ugly head in 1992, when she succeeded in beating it down.

But, in 2013, another cancer was found in her shoulder. She decided to keep that secret from everyone. “I thought, ‘It’s my life,’ and I just decided to keep it to myself,'” she said in an interview with Sunday Night.

Now, a third cancer has been found at the base of her spine.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter revealed during the interview that doctors discovered a tumor at the base of her spine last year. She says she has undergone radiation therapy and is also pursuing natural remedies, including medical marijuana that her husband, John Easterling, grows on the couple’s ranch in Santa Barbara.

“I’m still treating it, and I’m treating it naturally and doing really well, yeah,” she said.

She has undergone radiation treatment but has also cut out sugar and takes cannabis oil for the pain — something she hopes will become legal in Australia.

“In California it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes. So he [her husband] makes me tinctures. It’s hard to say, they help with pain.

“I’m very lucky that I live in a state where it’s legal and that I have a husband that is a plant-medicine man.

“My dream is that, in Australia soon, it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer that causes pain.”

Newton-John says she remains optimistic and is determined to beat the disease again. “I believe I will win over it, and that’s my goal,” she said.

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