Country singer John Berry reveals he has tonsil cancer

Credit: Rick Diamond

Credit: Rick Diamond

Country singer John Berry revealed he is battling tonsil cancer, Billboard reported Tuesday.

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Berry, 59, announced the cancer in a video he recorded with his wife, Robin Berry, and posted to his Facebook page.

“We started off this year with a hiccup, and we want to tell you a little bit about that,” John Berry said in the video.

It is not the first time Berry has experienced a medical scare. On the day his song "Your Love Amazes Me" hit No. 1 in 1994, Berry had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, Billboard reported.

Berry said he became aware of his latest health issue in November before his latest tour, the magazine reported.
"I had a little catch in my throat, it felt like, it felt exactly like, the skin of a Spanish peanut was stuck in my throat," Berry said in the video.

After examining his tonsils Berry noticed they were swollen. Despite going to a doctor and receiving steroids and antibiotics, the problem persisted, Berry said.

He completed his tour and then saw a doctor Jan. 4, Rolling Stone reported. A CT scan revealed two tumors in his tonsils, so he had surgery to remove them, the magazine reported. After receiving biopsy results, doctors told Berry he had tonsil cancer.

Berry will begin a five-week chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan this week, Rolling Stone reported.

“This particular cancer is one of the most highly treatable, and has an incredible cure rate,” Berry said in his video.

According to his website, Berry had 20 singles on the country charts during the 1990s, six of which were Top 5 songs. He won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his participation in "Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel, Vol. 1."

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