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Tenor Luciano Pavarotti underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer and is ”recovering well,” his manager said Friday.

The 70-year-old singer was preparing to leave New York last week to resume his farewell world concert tour in Britain when doctors discovered a malignant pancreatic mass, Terri Robson said from her London office.

”Fortunately, the mass was able to be completely removed at surgery,” she said in a statement. ”Mr. Pavarotti is recovering well and his physicians are encouraged by the physical and emotional resilience of their patient.”

He underwent surgery within the past week at a hospital in New York that Robson declined to identify. She said he remained hospitalized Friday.

As a result of Pavarotti’s treatment, all remaining 2006 concerts have been canceled, she said. It is anticipated that tour plans will resume in early 2007.

Concerts had been scheduled for Finland, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal in September.

Pavarotti was forced to postpone five June dates because of complications from back surgery. He canceled eight concerts in April, saying he had been advised not to travel or perform while undergoing back treatment.

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Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has had surgery for pancreatic cancer in New York, his manager has revealed.

The 70-year-old Italian tenor is “recovering well”, she said – but all remaining 2006 dates of his farewell tour have been cancelled.

Pavarotti was preparing to leave the US last week when doctors discovered a malignant pancreatic mass, Terri Robson said in a statement.

“Fortunately the mass was able to be completely removed,” she said.

The tenor’s website said he was “recovering well and his physicians are encouraged by the physical and emotional resilience of their patient”.

The twice-married father of four will remain in hospital in New York while he recuperates, his manager said.

He had been scheduled to perform in Finland, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal in September.

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ARLINGTON — Ed Hodges has survived gunshot wounds, beatings, car wrecks and helicopter crashes.

So last year when the Vietnam veteran faced pancreatic cancer, he approached it with the same strong will that has always gotten him through hard times.

“I think 90 percent of the reason I’m alive today is willpower,” said Hodges, 65, a longtime Arlington resident who runs a private investigation firm. “I got mad and decided no damn cancer is going to kill me.”

After a complicated surgery to remove part of his pancreas, Hodges is cancer-free.

“I know the odds, and I should have been dead by Christmas.” he said. “I’m kind of a miracle, I guess.”

Hodges, a grandfather of 11, got lucky. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2006, about 33,730 people in the U.S. will be found to have pancreatic cancer, and about 32,300 will die of the disease.

Only about 5 percent of pancreatic-cancer patients survive five years, according to the American Cancer Society. Fewer than one in five tumors are detected at an early stage when the prognosis is somewhat better: About 15 percent of patients survive five years at that stage.

Hodges sought treatment last summer after his skin turned yellow and he grew weaker by the day. He was sent to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where Dr. Jeffrey Linder, a gastroenterologist, used an endoscopic ultrasound to find the tumor on Hodges’ pancreas.

The technology helps doctors pinpoint small tumors and makes it possible to identify the best candidates for surgery, said Dr. Alejandro Mejia, a transplant surgeon on the Methodist medical staff. With traditional technology, such as CT scans, small tumors can be obscured by other organs in the abdomen.

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