Elton John has had his appendix removed. The "Rocket Man" singer - who cancelled a string of summer concert dates after being stricken with appendicitis - is said to be feeling "great" after undergoing the 45-minute procedure at Monaco's Princess Grace hospital on Thursday and is now recovering at his home in Nice, France with husband David Furnish and their sons Zachary, two, and seven-month-old Elijah.
The 66-year-old star had been taking antibiotics for weeks to reduce an abscess before he could have the operation, and is now looking forward to returning to the stage next month. "I feel great," he told a friend.
"Elton is back in Nice playing with the boys now. He is a lot better and very positive after the operation. He still has to rest up but is determined to get back on the road next month and can't wait to see his fans who have sent thousands of get well soon messages," a source added.
Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy.
The 37-year-old actress - whose mother Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 after battling ovarian cancer - took the decision to have both of her breasts removed despite being healthy, as she has been found to have the BRCA1 cancer gene, giving her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.
Writing in the New York Times, Angelina said, "My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex. On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work."
Lady Gaga is "doing great" after undergoing hip surgery.
The "Bad Romance" hitmaker was forced to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour after sustaining a labral tear to her right hip. but her manager Vincent Herbert says she is on the mend. He is quoted by the New York Daily News as saying, "She's doing wonderful, doing great."
According to Vincent, Gaga is finishing her "very, very refreshing" her album ARTPOP, which continues to "push the envelope." He added, "She is ready to get back to work. I can't wait for the world to hear her new music and see her come back healthy, strong and better than ever."
And though there is no date scheduled for Gaga's return to the stage, her manager promised her daring dance routines will still be the same as before. "Exactly...They'll be there," he said.
He believes the injury was a result of the 26-year-old star's tough working regime: "She works really hard and things happen."
Sharon Osbourne has undergone a double mastectomy.
The 60-year-old TV host - who has battled colon cancer in the past - decided to have both of her breasts removed after finding out she carried a gene which increases the chances of her developing cancer in the chest area.
"I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud - I decided to take everything off. The odds are not in my favor. For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no brainer."
Sharon added part of her decision to have the 13-hour surgery to have them removed was due to the arrival of her first grandchild Pearl from son Jack Osbourne and his partner Lisa Stelly earlier this year. "I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl. I didn't even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time," she said.
Kathy Bates has had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Misery actress - who previously battled ovarian cancer in 2003 - has undergone surgery to remove her breasts following the detection of the disease, and reveals she will not be having any radiation or chemotherapy.
"After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy. Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception," she told People.
The 64-year-old Oscar winner is now "looking forward" to working again after doctors told her she would recover: "My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time. I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love."
50 Cent has reportedly been hosptialized with a stomach virus.
The "In Da Club" rapper Tweeted a picture of himself surrounded by cuddly toys - including a giraffe, and elephant and a lion - in his bed, saying he wasn't looking forward to being operated on. Alongside the picture, he Tweeted, "I don't want to go into surgery."
Appealing to his friend, champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, for support, he added, "@FloydMayweather call my phone why your phone off. (sic)"
XXL Magazine reported 50 was suffering a stomach virus, and while Floyd wasn't specific about his pal's illness, he asked fans to pray for him. He told US radio station V103's Ryan Cameron, "Please keep 50 Cent in your prayers he is in the hospital and he is extremely sick ... we will remain positive."
Giuliana Rancic is to undergo a double mastectomy. The E! News presenter - who revealed she was suffering from the early stages of breast cancer in October - has decided to opt for the procedure after a double lumpectomy failed to fully remove cancerous growths in both breasts and her lymph nodes.
"To be honest, all it came down to was choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. It could have come back more aggressively next time, so for me it was just more important to get the cancer out. With the double mastectomy I now have less than one per cent chance of getting it back, otherwise it was 20, 30 or 40 per cent chance and for me it wasn't worth it," she explained on The Today Show.
The 36-year-old star - who made a pros and cons list to decide whether to undergo the procedure - also praised her entrepreneur husband Bill, admitting her cancer battle has made the couple stronger: "Bill said to me, 'I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid. I don't care about the physical portion of this, so let's just get you healthy.' Bill's been the world to me through this, he brought some laughter to the process and reminded me who we are as a couple. It's made us stronger. I couldn't be more at peace with the decision. I still break down some nights when it's quiet in bed, it's easy to just start crying and be very sad, but I'm OK."
-Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Toni Braxton has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy ... again. The Grammy award-winning singer is reportedly between $10-$50 million in debt.
-Actor Larry Wilcox is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 63-year-old former CHiPs star was charged by the SEC with securities fraud on Thursday.
-Kelsey Grammer and girlfriend Kayte Walsh have just announced the loss of their unborn child. Grammer, who is in the middle of a divorce from his wife of 13 years, revealed the pregnancy back in August.
-Drummer Max Weinberg says a medical issue played a role in his decision not to join Conan O’Brien on his new TBS show. The 59-year-old had valve repair surgery on his heart back in February.
New mom Katherine Heigl can sleep a little easier, now knowing that her daughter is recovering well following heart surgery.
The actress and husband Josh Kelley adopted 17-month-old Naleigh from Korea last September and the tot recently went to the operating table to repair a congenital heart problem, but the little girl is now making good progress.
“Her heart is 100 per cent fine now. She has a scar, so she won’t be wearing bikinis, which is fine by us.”
The former Grey’s Anatomy star also revealed how the adoption process was sped up for her and Josh because they were willing to have a child with health problems. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “A lot of children don’t find forever homes because they’re on that special-needs list, even if it’s because of something as simple as her mother smoked cigarettes for a month, not knowing she was pregnant. That’s not so huge that you couldn’t handle it.”
Katherine is enjoying every moment of motherhood and is even willing to forgo some romantic time with Josh do that Naleigh has everything she needs: “If parent time interferes with sexy time, that’s that. Now it’s time to re-evaluate and grow up. Enough with the drama.”
UPDATE: Walters’ doctors say they are “pleased with the outcome” of her surgery.
Although Elisabeth Hasselbeck is quite often the person who generates news for The View, this morning it was Barbara Walters’ turn.
On today’s broadcast, the 80-year-old journalist announced that she will be taking time off from the program to attend to a personal issue. “You know how I always say to you how healthy I am… I mean it drives you crazy… Never missed a day’s work,” Walters told her fellow cohosts. “Well, I’m going to make up for it. Later this week, I’m going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve,” she said.
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