Toby Keith stomach cancer: Why the country star performed live after canceling shows revealed

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: Toby Keith attends SiriusXM's The Highway channel broadcast backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Many people were taken aback when Toby Keith performed for the first time since being diagnosed with stomach cancer in early November.

In June, the country singer revealed that he was undergoing treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

On Twitter in July, the multi-platinum-selling singer stated:

“I need time to breathe, heal, and rest.”

Toby then canceled all of his 2022 shows to receive treatment.

He recently performed an hour-long impromptu set at Jeff Rudy’s Steakhouse in Lexington, Kentucky, because he felt compelled to do so.

According to a source who spoke with Radar Online, Toby was there for his horse races and decided:

“he wanted to climb back on the saddle himself and pull off a performance.”

One of the motivations for doing this was to prove to himself that, despite having stomach cancer, Toby Keith could still perform effectively.

On the other hand, his emaciated body, sunken eyes, and slouching posture warned his supporters and family.

The anonymous acquaintance went on to say that Toby’s therapies are ineffective and that his health is deteriorating.

They added:

“You genuinely worry about him.”

Meanwhile, an oncologist who has not treated Toby Keith told the site that he is fighting for his life.

According to Dr. Jerome Spunberg, the singer lost about 50 pounds and may have had a partial or total gastrectomy to cure his cancer.

“That severely limits your ability to consume enough to gain weight. This is not a good indication. He should have gained weight by now.”

Though the medical expert stated that Toby’s ability to perform shows that he is still alive, they also stated that “his long-term outlook is bleak” because the cancer he has is “usually lethal.”

He said that stomach cancer has a very low survival rate and that most patients die within two years of diagnosis.

On the other hand, Toby Keith will not be saying farewell to his fans, family, and friends.

The person added:

“Toby has fought with a lot of difficulty in his life to reach where he is now, so he isn’t giving up now.”

They added:

“He sees his Kentucky concert as the start of a comeback, not the end of the road.”