Olivia Newton-John postpones Las Vegas shows due to her sister's brain cancer diagnosis

By Danielle Fredette,

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has postponed her scheduled Las Vegas concerts in favor of spending time with her sister, Rona Newton-John, who has just been diagnosed with brain cancer.

The 64-year-old Grease actress spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her decision, stating, "I have decided to postpone my forthcoming Las Vegas residency to spend time with her and our family. As a cancer 'thriver' myself, as many people are, I am very aware of the importance of love, support and family during this journey she is about to begin," reports Us Weekly.

Newton-John was supposed to perform a series of shows at the Flamingo Casino during Donny and Marie Osmond's break, but now hopes to reschedule them for a later time, adding, "I want to thank everyone in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time."

Newton-John herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and underwent a mastectomy along with six months of chemotherapy, coming out on the other side.

Today, she uses her experience to help other women going through the same thing. “I know that some people don’t want to be public with their experience—don’t want to be reminded of it—and that’s their choice. But for me it doesn’t remind me in a negative way—it’s positive that I’m here.”

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