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Sharon Osbourne's Cancer Has Spread

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Jul 19, 2002 | 10:26am EDT

Family matriarch Sharon Osbourne, the wife of British heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, told People magazine in an interview released Thursday that her cancer has spread beyond her colon. She will start a three-month course of chemotherapy at the end of July.

According to Reuters, Osbourne told People that one of the two lymph nodes removed during her colon cancer surgery on July 3 tested positive for cancerous cells--an indication that cancer had spread beyond her colon.

Osbourne told People that while her prognosis was good, her husband Ozzy "was hysterical, just terrified," when she told him the news. "The doctor had to come over and sedate him, " she said.

"It was not the best news," she told the magazine. "You think nothing will ever happen to you. You're invincible. Then after you get over the shock and panic you realize how lucky you are to be alive."

Osbourne will start chemotherapy on July 29 and plans to have MTV film the treatment when shooting resumes for the second season of The Osbournes.

"People will see me having chemo. It'll be interesting, " she said. "We need to get a different vibe going. I think I'll bring some music, introduce myself, maybe we can sing some songs and cheer the place up."

The Osbournes shows the daily lives of Ozzy Osbourne, the self-proclaimed "bleeping Prince of Darkness," wife Sharon, and two of their children, Jack and Kelly. The show is the biggest hit series in MTV's 21-year history and the most-watched series on basic cable.

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