Monkee Peter Tork Has Cancer

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Josh Keppel

Peter Tork, 67, has a rare form of head and neck cancer, but hopes to soon have something to sing about.  The prognosis for his recovery, he says, is good.

Tork, who lives in Mansfield, Conn. rose to fame as a former member of the 1960s pop group The Monkees

He had surgery Wednesday in New York.  After a short recovery, he'll begin radiation treatment, reports his publicist. 

Tork announced on his Web site Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma on the lower region of his tongue. He says it's an uncommon but slow-growing type of cancer, and it hasn't spread beyond the initial site.

From 1966 to 1968, The Monkees had a popular TV show and three No. 1 hits, "Last Train To Clarksville," "I'm A Believer" and "Daydream Believer."

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