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Battling Cancer Again

Olivia Newton-John aims to beat it a third time


Cancer has picked a third fight with Olivia Newton-John.

The former pop star, who will celebrate her 70th birthday on September 26, revealed that a tumor was discovered at the base of her spine in 2017.

"I believe I will win over it," she said during a 40-minute interview and career retrospective on the Australian TV show "Sunday Night." "That's my goal."

In addition to radiation treatments and a healthier, sugar-free diet, Newton-John said she has benefited from cannabis oil tinctures made by her husband of 10 years, John Easterling, an herbal medicine practitioner.

"They help with pain, they help with sleep," said Newton-John, who lives on a secluded ranch in Santa Barbara, California. "I'm very lucky that I live in a state where [medical marijuana] is legal and that I have a husband who is a plant medicine man."

The "Let's Get Physical" heartthrob was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992, when a lump was discovered on her right breast. After a mastectomy and nine months of chemotherapy, she was reported to be cancer-free.

However, doctors found another lump in Newton-John's right shoulder in 2013. Again, she reportedly responded well to treatment. Now, Newton-John is optimistic that she'll win round three too.

"I'm treating it naturally and doing really well," she said. "I'm one of millions in this fight. I see it as part of my mission."

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