Updated: July 7, 2012 8:45AM
When Sheryl Crow forgot the lyrics to “Soak Up the Sun” last month while performing in Florida, she knew something might be wrong.
“I’m 50,” she joked. “What can I say? My brain’s gone to s---.”
But now she has revealed a medical reason. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Crow admitted that she went to see a doctor in November. “I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor.”
The singer sounded casual, saying her doctor said not to worry about it, “but it gives me a fit.” In 2006, Crow, mom to sons Wyatt and Levi, battled breast cancer.
Crow’s rep, Christine Wolff, told AP that the tumor is a meningioma and it’s typically benign and develops from the protective linings of the brain and spinal cord. The rep says Crow is doing great and is healthy and happy.
“Approximately 15 percent of adult brain tumors are benign, and we don’t know what causes them,” said Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center,
Cohen said that generally a tumor that affects memory would be located in the left frontal lobe of the brain. “Ms. Crow speaks about memory issues, and that is definitely the kind of symptom that could be caused by this type of tumor,” Cohen said, adding, “We usually don’t remove benign tumors unless they are sizable or cause symptoms.”
Gannett News Service