Nearly seven years after Nile Rodgers revealed he had undergone radical surgery to fight an aggressive form of cancer, the musician/composer/producer announced today that he underwent cancer surgery in early November and his “prognosis is 100% recovery.”

The Chic lead guitarist/co-founder shared the news in a lengthy blog post and video on his website. 


Photo: John Davisson

Chic feat. Nile Rodgers - Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La.

Rodgers explained that after a brief stay in the hospital earlier this year to treat E.coli his doctors discovered he had a growth on his right kidney that turned out to be “two different cancers within one mass.”  

“Unlike my reaction to my first Big-C diagnosis seven years ago, I was more relaxed, analytic and calm,” Rodgers wrote. “I was surrounded by professionalism and empathy which gave me a surprising sense of inner peace. After the doctors told me, ‘We believe it’s cancer,’ I did a lot of gigging and a lot of flying: Two countries in South America, Dubai, Japan, Ireland, Liverpool, London and we ended our last round of this year’s gigs in Brooklyn, N.Y.”  

The day after the Nov. 2 concert at Brooklyn Bowl, Rodgers had surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. He writes, “My prognosis is 100% recovery. (You can start dancing, singing and cheering now!)”  

Rodgers promised that big things are in the works – “beyond any of my wildest dreams.” He told fans to stay tuned because he’ll be discussing the plans in his soon-to-be-released next blog.