Carly Simon has said that battling cancer took a huge toll on both her life and career.
The 'Anticipation' singer – who spent most of 1997 and 1998 seeking breast cancer treatment – told Reuters that she received little compassion from the music industry and even personal friends while battling the illness.
"There's a bigger story about the breast cancer than the cancer. It's about relationships… I wasn't treated well," she said. "I think I was let go of certain jobs and affiliations.
"It was very confusing but everything was smoothed over because people are smart and don't want you to be hurt. People were saying it's got nothing to do with that. It is hard to disregard."
Simon went on to discuss how she came to grips with being shunned by certain people in her life.
"It was like I was the disappearing woman. When I went to the Grammys that year, I noticed how many people avoided me," Simon explained. "There were a lot of people who were just not looking at me. It was the first time I was out in public since I'd been diagnosed."
She added: "The record that I had [just] put out had been dropped and the head of my record label didn't look at me. It's like there were masks on. I had disappeared in the audience.
"Some people were so scared they moved away from me in their hearts and minds… Then I moved lock, stock and barrel to Martha's Vineyard... [and] moving to the Vineyard was like coming home to Tara. The land held me in its embrace."
Simon has since resumed her music career, having released the album Never Been Gone in 2009.