Toby Keith Gives Update On Stomach Cancer Battle: ‘A Bit Of A Roller Coaster’

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Country singer Toby Keith gave an update on how he’s dealing with stomach cancer.

The 62-year-old celebrity became the first recipient of the Country Icon Award at the People’s Choice Country Awards Thursday night. He shared an update about his health right before the event.

“I feel pretty good,” Keith told E! News in an interview ahead of the awards show. “It’s a little bit of a roller coaster,” he added.

Keith had previously revealed that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2021 and had been receiving treatment for months. “You get good days and, you know, you’re up and down, up and down. It’s always zero to 60 and 60 to zero, but I feel good today,” the singer went on.

The musician said it was “nice to recognize my 30-year career” at the awards show. “It’s pretty mind-boggling,” Keith said. “Those years of pounding those songs out there and remembering where you were when each one was conceived and all that, it’s amazing.”

During a separate interview with Fox News Digital, Keith credited his faith with how he’s been getting through his cancer battle. “I lean on my faith and I just pray and lean into it,” the “Red Solo Cup” singer explained. 

“You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do, and I don’t know how people do it without faith … that’s what I did, it was my rock.”

Keith also said he intends to return to performing in the fall if “everything goes good.”


The singer has been keeping fans updated on the status of his health.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith tweeted in June 2022. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”

“I am looking forward to spending this time with my family,” he went on. “But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.”

Keith also mentioned later that the tumor had shrunk to one-third of its original size due to aggressive treatments. 

“I’m feeling pretty good,” the country star told The Oklahoman in early June. “Basically, everything is in a real positive trend. You never know with cancer, so you have to prepare.”

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