Surviving Breast Cancer: Affliction of the Stars

Singer Kylie Minogue beat breast cancer and her career is taking off again, but she may be planning another role soon -- as a mom.

The pop princess has denied reports that she plans to adopt an Aboriginal child but told Madison magazine that she wants a family of her own one day.

Minogue joins a group of celebrity women who have battled breast cancer and won.

The statistics can be overwhelming: Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer. It is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 15 and 54. But millions of women will battle the scary diagnosis and win, including famous faces from around the globe. From pop princesses to a former first lady, find out how these women fought breast cancer.

Kylie Minogue

Declared free of cancer, Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue reportedly wants to start a family.

The 39-year-old singer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She underwent a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy. In November 2007, Minogue told Glamour magazine that she had been through an emotional roller coaster with treatment for breast cancer.

"As far as body image goes, I've shrunk to nothing. I've ballooned; my body is not what it used to be, but it's the body I'm in."

She also said that she dreamed of having children. While Minogue's representative had no comment about her desire to get pregnant, Minogue told Glamour that starting a family is "still something I would love to happen."



After Cancer, Kids Not Out of Reach

Cancer experts say that her dream could become a reality.

"Breast cancer itself has no impact on getting pregnant," said Dr. Eric Winer, director of the breast oncology center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. "The difficult issue for pregnancy is related to the treatment for breast cancer."

Chemotherapy may disrupt menstruation or decrease fertility. And even after chemotherapy, patients who have estrogen receptor positive cancer generally take Tamoxifen, a drug that interferes with the body's supply of estrogen. For some women, taking Tamoxifen may throw them into menopause at an early age.

Minogue, a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and occasional actress, is preparing to release her 10th album and launching a comeback tour. She rose to prominence in the late 1980s through her role on a soap opera, before she began her career as a pop artist. Minogue has sold more than 40 million records worldwide.



Melissa Etheridge

Two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge faced a terrifying diagnosis and lived to tell the tale. One day during her tour in 2004, at the age of 43, Etheridge discovered a lump in her breast. She flew home to California, where she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.

"It was a rather large tumor but had only contaminated one lymph node," she told "Good Morning America" in 2005.

A wonderful ultrasound technician helped Etheridge get through the initial diagnosis. "She was a five-year survivor who'd had a full mastectomy," Etheridge told "Good Morning America," "and she opened her blouse and said, 'this is the worst that can happen.' "

Etheridge had a lumpectomy, but the surgeons also had to remove all 15 lymph nodes to make sure the cancer hadn't spread. She then went through five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.

At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she made a return to the stage and, although bald from chemotherapy, performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song "Piece of My Heart."

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