Melissa Etheridge on the mend following surgery

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October 18 2004 11:00 PM ET

Melissa Etheridge is recovering at her home in California from two surgeries to treat breast cancer. Etheridge, 43, said on her Web site that a tumor and lymph nodes were removed, and she will undergo chemotherapy next. She canceled tour dates to undergo treatment. "I still have both of my breasts and whether I will keep them is a bridge I have to cross later," she said on the site. Etheridge is still planning to shoot a pilot for ABC in which she plays a gay music teacher. Etheridge thanked her fans and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, for all their love and support. Etheridge and Michaels held a commitment ceremony in September 2003. The musician, who lives in Los Angeles, shares custody of a daughter and son with former partner Julie Cypher, who had the children through artificial insemination using a sperm donation from rocker David Crosby. Etheridge's latest album, Lucky, was released in February. Refunds for tickets to the canceled shows will be available where they were bought. Her Web site said she had been scheduled to play 11 dates in seven cities this month. (AP)

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