Ex-Journey singer, Steve Perry Has Cancer Surgery. Former Journey frontman Steve Perry is recovering from surgery after doctors removed a cancerous mole from his face.
The 64 year old has been left with a large scar on the right side of his cheek after undergoing two medical procedures in May (13).
In a post on his official website, he writes, “Three weeks ago a routine mole was taken off my face and the lab report came back Melanoma skin cancer. I’ve had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I’ve been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required.”
But Perry admits the health scare was particularly traumatic because he lost his girlfriend, psychologist Kellie Nash, to bone, breast and lung cancer in December (12), less than two years after they met while working on Five, a 2011 special for America’s Lifetime TV.
Steve explains that he was captivated by Nash’s smile and asked Jenkins to email her and tell her he wanted to take her out. Jenkins informed Perry that Kellie, a psychologist, had had a recurrence of her cancer, which had spread to her lungs and bones. However, the singer was undeterred and the two began to date in May 2011.
Perry says from their very first dinner together, he and Nash “knew that we were meant to be together.” Sadly, though, her cancer continued to progress and soon spread to her brain. Steve stayed by Kellie’s side as she received various treatments and eventually moved to New York City with her, where she went on a drug regimen that gave her a good quality of life for several months. Inevitably, though, all medical options were exhausted and he and Kellie moved back to California in November 2012. On December 14, she passed away.
“She was so strong, so courageous and we really loved each other so very much,” writes Perry. “I’ve been trying to grieve and not run from this loss so for the last five months that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Regarding his relationship with Nash and his own cancer fight, the singer tells his fans, “There’s so much more to this story than you know and soon you will know more about it.”