Michael Bolton Breaks Tour To Recover From Brain Surgery

Gamma Knife surgery - doctor performing surgery

The American singer Michael Bolton has revealed that he is taking time out to recover from surgery to remove a brain tumour. BBC News reports that the 70-year old performer was diagnosed with the tumour late last year, and immediately underwent surgery. He is now recovering at home.

Bolton was in the middle of a tour of the US and Europe, and has cancelled an upcoming date in Florida, plus all subsequent performances until the end of the year. He is best known for his early 1990s pop-rock songs such as Steel Bars; a cover of Percy Sledge’s song When a Man Loves a Woman; and How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.

The singer has won two Grammy Awards and sold over 65 million records worldwide. He has also acted in TV shows including Glee, The Nanny and Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, and took part in the US version of the celebrity talent show The Masked Singer.

In a statement on Instagram, he said: “I am now recuperating at home and surrounded by the tremendous love and support of my family. For the next couple months, I will be devoting my time and energy to my recovery which means I’ll have to take a temporary break from touring.”

He added: “It is always the hardest thing for me to ever disappoint my fans or postpone a show, but have no doubt I am working hard to accelerate my recovery and get back to performing soon.”

“Thanks to my incredible medical team, the surgery was a success. I am now recuperating at home and surrounded by the tremendous love and support of my family.”


What are the warning signs of a brain tumour?

A common symptom of a brain tumour is headaches, which is caused by increased pressure inside the skull. However, according to Cancer Research UK, headaches are likely to be accompanied by other symptoms, including feeling or being sick, eyesight disturbances such as flashing lights or blind spots, or fits or drowsiness.

Severe headaches that wake you up in the night, or get persistently worse over time, should be investigated by a doctor. Brain tumours may also cause problems with cognitive function or personality changes. The symptoms often depend on the location of the tumour in the brain.

The main areas of the brain are known as the cerebrum and the cerebellum. The cerebrum takes up the major part of the skull, while the cerebellum sits at the back of the head, above the top of the spinal cord.

The cerebrum is divided into four areas, known as lobes; the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the temporal lobe, and the occipital lobe. Each lobe controls different functions of the brain and body, and a tumour can disturb the nerve signals, which is why the location of the tumour is relevant to the type of symptoms the patient experiences.


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