Wenche Myhre, one of Norway’s most popular entertainers, has been forced to cancel all her performances this autumn in order to undergo treatment for breast cancer.
The 63-year-old singer underwent surgery at Norway’s foremost cancer treatment center, Radiumhospitalet, two weeks ago, reports VG Nett. Surgeons removed a tumour that was found during a routine mammogram.
Myhre’s prognosis reportedly is good but she faces continued follow-up treatment and thus needed to cancel this autumn’s concerts and other arrangements.
“In the time ahead I need to prioritize myself and my family,” Myhre told VG through her attorney.
She said her cancer diagnosis “came as a shock” but she praised the staff at Radiumhospitalet. “When they inform me about the treatment and follow-up care, I feel like I’m in the best hands,” she said. “I must look at this situation and the treatment as a challenge.”
Myhre has been performing for 50 years, since first winning a talent contest in Oslo at the age of 13 and then landing a recording contract with composer and producer Arne Bendiksen. She then went on to perform in the Norwegian run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest (called Melodi Grand Prix in Norway) and had several smash hits in Norway including her trademark “La meg være ung” (“Let me be young”).
In addition to being one of Norway’s most popular entertainers Myhre also has a large following in Germany and Sweden, where she often performs both live and on television.