After having the performance of a lifetime, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, Valisia LeKae discovered that she had cancerous ovarian cysts. The routine check-ups that followed confirmed that she had an 8cm ovarian cyst that required removal, especially because of the increased risk of rupturing.
She had to depart from the cast of Broadway’s MOTOWN, the musical, in which she plays Diana Ross so as to undergo surgery.
One of her ovaries was removed, together with a fallopian tube, on the recommendation of Dr. David Fisherman. This was so as to eliminate any chances of microscopic cancerous cells spreading to other parts of her reproductive system.
Given the fact that there is an almost 90% recovery rate in cases where ovarian cancer is detected early, her chances of a full recovery are good.