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OTRC: Aretha Franklin feels 'great' following surgery, will reveal ailment soon, report says

Aretha Franklin appears in an undated 2007 photo. (flickr.com/photos/ktkatrina)

Aretha Franklin says she feels "great" after undergoing a mysterious medical procedure at a Detroit hospital earlier this month and will reportedly reveal her ailment soon.

In November, the 68-year-old "Queen of Soul" canceled all concert dates and personal appearances through May 2011 by order of her doctors. She has not specified the nature of her illness or of her December 2 surgery, which was deemed successful, and has not commented on recent reports that say she has pancreatic cancer.

"I feel great," JET magazine quoted Franklin as saying. "The doctors say I can do whatever I feel like I am up to do. Of course, that doesn't mean any concerts or anything like that. But I can do things around the house, and today I am just piddling around the house."

JET said Franklin would "soon reveal what is ailing her." Franklin was released from the hospital on Sunday and said in a statement on Wednesday that she is being cared for by her family, friends and private nurse. She told JET her doctors want her to recuperate for about eight weeks.

Her cousin told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month that Franklin will perform again in 2011 and was "doing better than doctors expected".

Recent reports have said Franklin is battling cancer, echoing recent reports by other media outlets in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News said the disease is in her pancreas.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and is difficult to treat because it is often found late, as symptoms are usually not apparent in its early stages, according to the National Institutes of Health. Actor Patrick Swayze died of the disease at age 57 in 2009.

Risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer include smoking, hereditary disorders, chronic pancreatitis and long-term diabetes. Franklin has for years been overweight, a condition that can lead to several health ailments, including Type 2 diabetes and various forms of cancer.

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