In 2005, singer/actress Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer, the treatment of which, forced her to cancel the rest of her "Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour" and her participation in the Glastonbury Festival.
Minogue was treated in Melbourne where she received surgery and chemotherapy. Prime Minister John Howard issued a statement supporting her and the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks warned the international media/paparazzi that any disruption of the Minogue family's rights under Australian privacy laws would not be tolerated. Friends such as singer/entrepreneur Olivia Newton-John, who had fought her own battle against breast cancer, asked the media and fans to respect Minogue's privacy.
On 8 July 2005, Minogue visited a children's cancer ward at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and then returned to France where she completed her chemotherapy treatment at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, near Paris. Her children's book, The Showgirl Princess, written during her period of convalescence, was published in October 2006.
Upon her return to Australia for her concert tour, Minogue compared her cancer battle and chemotherapy to surviving a nuclear bomb. Whilst appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the United States, Minogue spoke of how her cancer had originally been misdiagnosed and getting a second opinion is very important.
Kylie Minogue talks about her cancer on the Ellen DeGeneres Show: