What kind of cancer did Toby Keith have?

Keith revealed that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in a message shared to the public in 2022.

"Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith posted in June 2022 when he made his diagnosis public.

“I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover, and relax.”

“I am looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.”

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, occurs when cancer cells develop in any part of the stomach.

but in the U.S. it most often starts where the esophagus connects to the stomach, according to Mayo Clinic.

Dr. William Chey, gastroenterologist at University of Michigan Health, tells TODAY.com that the treatments Keith received “would be much more typical for late-stage stomach cancers.”

He adds that stomach cancer is usually diagnosed in late stages because the early signs of stomach cancer, such as indigestion, abdominal pain and nausea.

Stomach cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer worldwide and affects men and people of color more than women or whites.

Your risk of stomach cancer can increase due to genetics, certain medical conditions, diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in processed foods, tobacco use and your environment.