Kylie chooses Catholic hospital

Entertainer Kylie Minogue commenced treatment for breast cancer yesterday at Melbourne's St Frances Xavier Cabrini private hospital, with her family and close friends by her side.

The Courier-Mail reports that one source said that Minogue chose the hospital because of its reputation for treating cancer, its privacy and closeness to the family base.

Cabrini is located in suburban Malvern. It is conducted by Cabrini Health Care, under the stewardship of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is closely related to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) men's order.

The source said that Ms Minogue is due to have an operation today.

Family friend Molly Meldrum confirmed that Minogue began treatment yesterday but did not know if that involved intrusive surgery or more exploratory work.

Since the news was revealed on Tuesday afternoon, breast cancer clinics have reported a jump in calls - many from women asking how to look for signs of the disease.

Prime Minister John Howard, whose wife Janette underwent surgery for an undisclosed type of cancer in 1996, yesterday wished Minogue a full recovery.

"I think all Australians feel for her and wish her well and hope that it has been detected in the very early stages and she will make a full recovery," Mr Howard said.

Meanwhile The Age reports that schoolgirls from Kew's Genazzano College are praying for Ms Minogue's recovery.

"We go to a Catholic girls school so a few girls put up their hand this morning to pray for her. We just hope she gets well soon."

Singer treated over cancer (The Courier Mail 19/5/05)
Media converge (The Age 19/5/05)

Cabrini Health Australia
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (International)
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart

Delta sends Kylie a message of support (Herald-Sun 19/5/05)
Kylie: from Singing Budgie to sexy superstar (The Times 17/5/05)

19 May 2005