Aretha Franklin "Doing Better Than Expected" Amid Cancer Reports

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Aretha Franklin is reportedly headed home. The ailing singer, 68, is "doing better than doctors expected" and will likely leave the Detroit-area hospital this weekend, her cousin Brenda Corbett told the Detroit Free Press Wednesday.

The R&B legend "has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer," Corbett added.

Last week, Franklin announced that she had undergone a surgical procedure -- but she and her reps declined to say what the illness was. Another relative told Detroit's Fox2 news that she is suffering from cancer; multiple sources have claimed that Franklin is battling incurable pancreatic cancer.

In early November, the Grammy-winning star cancelled all of her concert engagements through May 2011 citing "medical reasons."