Elvis Costello underwent surgery for 'aggressive' cancerous tumor

Elvis Costello underwent surgery to treat an “aggressive” cancerous growth and is now canceling a handful of concerts as he recovers.

The veteran singer, 63, revealed he recently had the medical procedure after learning he had a malignant tumor, telling fans in a statement that his specialist was pleasantly surprised by the results.

“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto.’ He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery,” Costello said in a post to his website.

Costello had originally hoped to resume touring this week, but has instead decided to cancel his remaining six shows in Europe as he recuperates.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Elvis Costello & The Imposters headline the Main Stage on day 2 of Love Supreme Festival on June 30, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Redferns,)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Musicians Elvis Costello and Diana Krall attend the 'Final Portrait' New York Screening After Party at Levy Gorvy Gallery on March 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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CENTURY CITY, CA - DECEMBER 11: Elvis Costello attends TheWrap's 'Special Evening With 2018 Oscar Song Contenders' at AMC Century City 15 theater on December 11, 2017 in Century City, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Elvis Costello attends AFI FEST 2017 Presented By Audi - Screening Of 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Elvis Costello attends the screening of 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' at AFI FEST 2017 Presented By Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Elvis Costello visits SiriusXM Studios on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 25: Elvis Costello performs in concert during the Austin City Limits 2017 Hall of Fame Inductions at ACL Live on October 25, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 25: Elvis Costello performs in concert during the Austin City Limits 2017 Hall of Fame Inductions at ACL Live on October 25, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Elvis Costello performs onstage during the Little Kids Rock Benefit 2017 at PlayStation Theater on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Little Kids Rock)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Honorees Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt attend the Little Kids Rock Benefit 2017 at PlayStation Theater on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Little Kids Rock)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Elvis Costello attends the Mayfair Gala & European Premiere of 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Musician Diana Krall and singer Elvis Costello attend the Friars Club Honors Martin Scorsese With Entertainment Icon Award at Cipriani Wall Street on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - JULY 24: Elvis Costello performs during the Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 24, 2016 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images)
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He had been scheduled to perform in Manchester, England on Friday night, before making stops in Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden within the next two weeks.

“The spirit has been more than willing but I have to now accept that it is going to take longer than I would have wished for me to recover my full strength,” Costello said.

The longtime musician — who is known for hits such as “Oliver’s Army” and “Everyday I Write the Book” — concluded his message by encouraging fans to visit their doctors over any health concerns.

“It may save your life,” he said. “Believe me, it is better than playing roulette."

Costello has released 30 albums in his career, with his first, “My Aim Is True,” coming out in 1977.

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