Country star Dolly Parton underwent a secret surgery in hopes of saving her singing voice and reducing the risk of cancer, reports the National Enquirer.
“Dolly knew something had to be done or she could die,” a source told the tabloid. “Her weight was dropping dramatically, she was chugging antacid medication, and she couldn't eat anything but soft, bland foods.”
Parton's rep did not comment on the surgery rumors, but told "Extra," “Dolly Parton has been in the studio working on a new album and a tour is a-brewing.”
Sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) experience chronic heartburn and reflux-like symptoms as stomach acid and bile flow back up the esophagus, irritating the lining of the food pipe.
The Esophageal Cancer Action Network also explains that GERD can cause “stomach acid to splash into the esophagus, producing cellular changes that can ultimately lead to cancer.”