Unfortunately for The Jezabel’s fans, 2016 tour dates have come to a halt as keyboardist Heather Shannon continues her ongoing battle with cancer.
The four-piece indie-rock band have announced the cancellation of their World tour as Shannon is required to receive urgent medical treatment for a rare type of ovarian cancer.
The 29-year-old keyboard player has been receiving private treatments for the past three years in between tours and has now been forced to return to Sydney for further treatment.
“ I have preferred to not let this diagnosis get in the way of getting on with life. I feel a deep frustration at this new roadblock, as I now have to take a step back and undergo treatment.
The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love. This album means so much to us, and we were so looking forward to sharing it live with everyone.”
According to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, over 1,200 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, with over 800 fatalities.
Treatment usually involves chemotherapy and a number of surgeries, although Shannon remains positive about her treatment and speaks highly of the Australian Public Health care system:
“I feel very lucky to be in the care of the public health system here in Australia. I have met many inspiring people and I am receiving the best treatment possible.”
Shannon, along with band members Hayley Mary (singer), Sam Lockwood (guitarist) and Nik Kaloper (drummer) all remain hopeful in being back on the road together soon.
Album Synthia will still go ahead with its original release date of February 12th.