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The Jezabels cancel world tour as keyboardist Heather Shannon receives cancer treatment

The Jezabels have cancelled their upcoming world tour to allow for band member Heather Shannon to receive treatment for ovarian cancer.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, the Sydney band revealed Shannon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago.

"Although she has been able to maintain life as usual generally, between treatments, the time has come for her to undergo further immediate treatment which will require her to stay in Sydney," the statement read.

The band decided they would not tour "without the full band".

In a statement from Shannon, the keyboardist said the cancellation of the tour was a "sad decision" and hoped that they would be back on the road again in the "near future".

"Up until now, I have preferred to not let this diagnosis get in the way of getting on with life," she said.


"I feel a deep frustration at this new roadblock, as I now have to take a step back and undergo treatment."

Shannon went on to say that she was "very lucky to be in the care of the public health system here in Australia", encouraging her fans to make a donation to Ovarian Cancer Australia or the Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group.

The tour, which was scheduled to kick off in Melbourne on February 26, was to promote the band's third album, SYNTHIA, out on February 12. Dates across Europe and the US were scheduled for the run which was due to end on April 8 in Hollywood.

Tickets purchased for the tour can be refunded at the place of purchase.