Kylie on road to recovery, says sister

THE pop star Kylie Minogue will make a full recovery from breast cancer, her sister Dannii has said.

Speaking at the opening of an exhibition in London last night, Dannii, 33, said her older sister was responding better than expected to treatment. She also paid tribute to her sister's bravery in battling the illness.

Kylie, 37, who was diagnosed with cancer in May, underwent surgery last month at the St Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, her home city in Australia.

Since her initial course of radiotherapy, she has been spending time between her London home and Paris, where her boyfriend, the actor Olivier Martinez, lives.

The star's illness shocked fans and fellow celebrities, who responded with a flood of goodwill messages.

But yesterday sister Dannii said that she thought the singer was through the worst. Speaking at the Diamonds Exhibition at the Natural History Museum, she said: "I heard she's going to be fine. She's really lucky her cancer has been treatable.

"She's going to get well and is getting better by the day. I can't wait for her to be back fully on her feet again."

Dannii added: "She's been inspirational - she's a fighter."

After being diagnosed, Kylie was forced to cancel the Australian leg of her sell-out Showgirl tour, but pledged to return to the stage once she had fully recovered.

She discovered that she had the disease while on holiday with her boyfriend.

Following the operation to remove the cancerous tissue, her surgeon, Jenny Senior, had said that the prognosis was good and expected the singer to make a complete recovery.

Doctors will keep a close eye on Kylie for the next few years.

Breast cancer is most common in women over the age of 50, and in the UK post-menopausal women are screened for signs of cancer.

Only about 1 per cent of women under the age of 50 are diagnosed with the disease.

Kylie Minogue's disease had been caught in the early stages and had not spread elsewhere, consequently making it easier to treat.

Messages of support flooded in from fans and other celebrities from around the world, including the TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, whose daughter, Caron Keating, died of the disease last year.

A special cancer charity fund was set up by the singer after her disease was diagnosed.

Since the news of her condition, however, breast cancer charities have been inundates with calls on their advice lines, mainly from young women anxious to know how to check for the presence of the disease.

Kylie Minogue first rose to fame in the 1980s as an actress in the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours, before leaving to launch her pop career.

She has had 37 hit singles in the UK. After her singing career flagged during the 1990s she reinvented herself as a pop diva.

She opened her latest tour in March at Glasgow's SECC arena and was scheduled to play six shows in Sydney.

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