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Elvis Costello cancels tour dates after undergoing an operation to remove a ‘very aggressive’ tumor

Elvis Costello has announced that he is to cancel his remaining tour dates after undergoing surgery for a “small, but very aggressive tumor.

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Elvis Costello announced Friday that he canceled the rest of its European tour after a surgery to remove a “small, but very aggressive tumor.

Costello, 63, underwent the surgery in May and continue to perform, but now said he needed time to recover. The announcement was made on his website.

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“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto.’ He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small, but very aggressive cancer malignancy, that could be circumvented by a single operation,” Costello said in a statement.

He was “delighted and relieved” the tour would go ahead, and he should take three to four weeks to recover from the surgery, But said he was advised by his doctor to take the time and the rest.

“The spirit is more than willing, but I must now accept that it is going to take longer than I would like for me to restore my strength. Therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all other obligations of this tour,” Costello said in a statement.

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The “Alison” singer told the fans to take care of themselves and get help if they believe that something is wrong. He did not say where the tumor was located.

“Very good care of your loved ones but, lord, do talk with your friends – you will notice that you not only get expert advice from your doctor if you are in doubt or when it is timely and act as fast as you can in this business,” he said.

Ticket holders for the six concerts in Britain, Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden, which were cancelled, were told to “go to the place of purchase for a refund.”

Costello ‘ s 31st studio album was scheduled to be released in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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