Singer Lorna Luft is back on stage and cancer-free after surgery to treat breast cancer that had returned, the singer reveals.
The surgery involved a double mastectomy along with the removal of seven ribs. “They had to rebuild me,” reveals Luft in an article in the Express
. The 63-year-old entertainer is the daughter of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli’s half-sister.
Luft was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy for four months, during which she lost all her hair. But 18 months later, she was shocked to learn the breast cancer had returned. “We’re going to handle it differently. We have to be not only pro-active but aggressive with you,” she quotes her doctors as saying.
Luft met with three surgeons, and a plastic surgeon, and they told her she would need “two or three ribs” removed in order to eradicate the cancer. They ended up taking out seven, she says.
Although the pain she endured was “intense,” Luft says she’s now cancer-free and back on stage, after undergoing 14 weeks of physical therapy. “I felt like a racehorse, I could have come up lame or I could have crossed the finish line,” and now the doctors say, ‘You’re a miracle. You’re nuts, but a miracle’,” she says.
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