Aussie pop pixie Kylie Minogue says she is still suffering the side effects of cancer medication – to prevent the disease from returning.
Minogue was was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy, but is still taking medication daily until her five-year all-clear, coming up in early 2011.
She reveals that the meds have disabling side effects, including headaches and nausea.
“Trust me, ‘I have been in floods of tears at my oncologist, saying, ‘I can’t stand it, get me off this stuff,’ and he will become very stern and say, ‘We have to cure you,’ so you have to carry on with it because it works,” she told You magazine.
“I’ll finish early next year and that will be amazing, but I’ve also heard you can feel quite insecure when you first come off it because you have relied on this medication for so long. It’s going to be a big adjustment.”
As for the future, the All The Lovers singer says she is focused on her music career.
“Work was a big part of my recovery. Even when I was going through treatment I was fantasising about the ‘Showgirl Homecoming’ tour. I had to do it – I don’t know what else I would have done.
“As I went through the treatment, I would try and concentrate on the future. There is an inherent part of me that says, ‘This is what I do, this is who I am.’ I just can’t stop – it’s difficult to subdue a performer’s instinct.”
Kylie recently announced her first tour in three years, Aphrodite – Les Folies.