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Monkee Peter Tork has rare cancer

Peter Tork
Tork says he hopes to play a planned June gig with his new band

Peter Tork, a former member of 1960s group The Monkees, has a rare form of head and neck cancer, he has revealed.

He disclosed the news on his website on Tuesday but has said that it has not spread to other parts of his body.

Tork, 67, had surgery in New York on Wednesday which his spokeswoman said had gone well. He will begin radiation treatment after a recovery period.

The Monkees' TV show first appeared on NBC in 1966, while their hits included chart-topper I'm A Believer.

June gig

Tork said on his website that adenoid cystic carcinoma had been found in his tongue but that it was "a bad news, good news situation".

Peter Tork, centre, and fellow Monkees in June 1967
The group toured following the success of their TV show

He added that it was so rare to find such a cancer on the tongue "that there isn't a lot of experience among the medical community".

"On the other hand, the type of cancer it is, never mind the location, is somewhat well-known, and the prognosis, I'm told, is good."

He said he had been "humbled by the encouragement, affection and support" of friends, family and fans.

He said he hoped to perform a planned gig with his new band, the Shoe Suede Blues, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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