Decemberists' Conlee Diagnosed w/Cancer

Luckily the prognosis, at the moment, looks good.

By Blurt Staff

Yesterday afternoon the music world was shaken by the news that Jenny Conlee, beloved keyboardist for the Decemberists, has breast cancer. It was announced at the band’s official website and via newsletter as a joint note from Conlee and frontman Colin Meloy.

Meloy wrote, in part, “The good news is that Jenny caught it early. And while the prognosis is
very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean
some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important
recovery time.”

Conlee added, “I am very sorry to say that I will be missing a few shows coming up as I go through treatment for breast cancer… I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return
from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a
few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking
positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your
support! See you soon!

We’d like to extend our best wishes and prayers to Conlee – here’s to a speedy recovery.


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