The disease was revealed during a routine examination. Cole, 58, the daughter of the legendary singer Nat King Cole, is said to be responding well to treatment but suffering "significant side effects" such as fatigue, muscle aches and dehydration.
The famed singer, whose father died of lung cancer when she was only 15, chronicled her addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol in her 2000 autobiography "Angel On My Shoulder", which was later adapted for television. Cole overcame her addictions after a lengthy stint in rehab in the early 1980s.
Cole says, "I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences," said Cole. "I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends; I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life."
Producer, author and pastor Kevin E. Taylor is a longtime friend to Natalie Cole and write the discography of "Angel On My Shoulder." I am just really prayerful about Natalie's health," RevKev tells Rod 2.0. "She's doing really well and just trusting that God and her faith will keep her healthy. "
Throughout a 30-year career singing jazz, pop and R&B, Natalie Cole has won eight Grammys and released hit albums such as "Everlasting" and "Unforgettable ... With Love," which featured her singing a duet with her late father via electronic technology. A follow-up album, "Still Unforgettable," is scheduled to be released in September.