Lead singer of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings back on stage after treatment at Bassett

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Sharon Jones, lead singer of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, just finished chemotherapy at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

Her treatments ended last month, and on Thursday, she returns to the stage. Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last spring.

After surgery in New York City, she got comfortable in Central New York for her treatments under the guidance of Dr. James Leonardo, Bassett's chief of oncology.

Jones received treatment in Cooperstown from June through January.

"Once I knew I was going to live and they got everything, then my next was, 'I gotta get better. I gotta get back out there on that stage. I got fans,' " Jones said.

"I said, 'Ya know, let me fans see what I'm going through,' Jones said. "Why should I hide this/ It's me, it's nothing I can hide."

VH1 plans to air a documentary on the singer sometime later this year. Jones is back in New York City on Thursday at the Beacon Theatre. She told Dr. Leonardo that Bassett needs a bell for cancer patients to ring when they're done with treatment.

Bassett ordered a bell.

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