Accordian/Keyboard Player from the band The Decemberists, Jenny Conlee has been diagnosed with breast cancer according to a newsletter sent out by the band.
Frontman for the band Colin Meloy said that Conlee had “caught it early. And while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important recovery time.” Conlee also added “To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support!”
There’s been a recent streak of musicians being diagnosed with cancer: only two weeks ago bass player for the band TV on the Radio died of lung cancer, and the singer from british electro outfit Fenech Soler was diagnosed with testicular cancer.