Toby Keith Health Update: Recent Good News Regarding His Cancer Fight

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toby keith health

One of the biggest names in country music, Toby Keith, 61, received a lot of sympathy from his followers when he revealed that he was battling stomach cancer. The gifted vocalist received the diagnosis in the fall of 2021, but it wasn’t until June 2022 that he made the public announcement.

In addition to disclosing that he was undergoing various forms of treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, he also stated that he would be spending more time with his family and taking some time to recover from the side effects of the treatment.

In the following months, Toby largely maintained a low profile and avoided the spotlight, but in June 2023, he had good news to report about his health. “I’m feeling very good,” Toby told The Oklahoman while at a gala supporting his yearly Toby Keith & Friends Gold Tournament.

The country artist has provided additional information regarding his health and well-being in the below sections.

Toby Keith Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer

Toby used social media in June 2022 to inform his fans that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2021. He wrote in the letter before promising fans he’d be back on stage as soon as he felt well.

“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. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait. -T.”


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Fans and fellow country music performers shared their love for the singer on social media. Two days later, he composed a statement of gratitude to all who had shown him kindness. Toby wrote-

“Thank you for all your love and support. I have the best fans in the world.”

Toby had already been battling cancer for six months when he went public with his news, and he had been able to keep the news out of the public spotlight throughout that time. After that, he continued to combat cancer secretly, with his Instagram feed featuring only nostalgic photographs and videos and no new photos.

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What is Stomach Cancer?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Stomach cancer, which is also called gastric cancer, is a growth of cells that starts in the stomach.” Just behind the ribs in the upper middle of the abdomen, the stomach aids in the breakdown and digestion of food. The Mayo Clinic adds, “In most of the world, stomach cancers happen in the main part of the stomach.”

“In the United States, stomach cancer is more likely to start by the gastroesophageal junction. This is the part where the long tube that carries food you swallow meets the stomach. The tube that carries food to the stomach is called the esophagus.”

Whether or not the cancer has spread outside of the stomach affects the stage at which it is being treated. Radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy are possible therapeutic modalities.

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The prognosis is based on the location of the cancer cells. The likelihood of the treatment working in patients with very few stomach malignancies is “quite good,” according to Mayo Clinic. If the illness is identified and treated promptly enough, it might cure it.

Trouble swallowing, stomach pain, feeling full after eating little food, losing weight, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and other symptoms can all be signs of stomach cancer.

How Long Has Toby Keith Been Sick?

In the fall of 2021, Toby received his initial diagnosis, and treatment soon followed. He told his fans months after learning he was battling the condition, though it’s unknown if he had symptoms before his diagnosis or had adverse effects from the medication. In an interview with the CMT Hot 20 Countdown in November 2022, he also said it was “pretty debilitating” to experience. He did not, however, elaborate on his symptoms before and throughout treatment.

How is Toby Doing Today?

In November 2022, Toby updated the audience on his health. During that time, he admitted to Cody Alan of CMT Hot 20 Countdown,

“I’m thinking about getting back to fight in’ shape. I need a little bit of time to just rest up and heal up. It’s pretty debilitating to have to go through all that, but as long as everything stays hunky-dory, then we’ll look at something good in the future.”

When he unexpectedly performed at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in Lexington, Kentucky, early in November 2022, he was there for the Breeders’ Cup. He sang “I Love This Bar,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” while sporting a slimmer appearance. It was his first public outing since the announcement of his cancer diagnosis.

Toby hosted his annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Tournament in early June 2023, putting him back in the spotlight. Fans were pleased to see him smiling and appearing to be in a good mood when he posted a rare, brand-new snapshot to Instagram around the moment.

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