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Last Updated: Friday, 11 July, 2003, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Singer Goodrem has cancer
Delta Goodrem
Goodrem has had two hit singles
Australian pop singer and actress Delta Goodrem is suffering from cancer.

Goodrem, 18, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a treatable form of lymphatic cancer, following tests last week, a statement said.

She is currently receiving treatment at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, a joint statement from Australia's Ten Network television and Sony Music said.

Doctors have said her cancer has been detected early and that the singer had a "good prognosis" for recovery.

HODGKIN'S DISEASE
Starts in the lymphatic system
Usually treated with chemotherapy
The one year survival rate is now 93%
Source: American Cancer Society

"I want to assure all my fans that I will be fine and I will be back just as soon as my treatment is completed," she said.

Hodgkin's disease starts in the lymphatic tissue which stores infection-fighting white blood cells. It is usually treated with chemotherapy, but also radiotherapy in its earliest stages.

"Knowing that I have your love and support is making a huge difference and I look forward to seeing you all very soon."

The singer made her name playing Nina Tucker in soap opera Neighbours, and has had two UK top 10 hits this year, Born To Try and Lost Without You.


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