Veteran Hollywood actress Jane Fonda announced Friday that she had been diagnosed with cancer, a “very treatable” form of lymphoma, and started a six-month chemotherapy regimen. The Oscar-winning actress took to Instagram on Friday to reveal that she has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and noted that she has started chemotherapy.
Jane Fonda diagnosed with ‘treatable cancer’; begins chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: “I won’t let any of this interfere with my climate activism”
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive so I feel very lucky,” Fonda wrote. “I feel very lucky. I am also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it is painful, that I am privileged in this”.
“Nearly every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one point or another, and far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I’m getting, and this is not right.” Fonda went on to use her diagnosis to draw attention to the links between fossil fuels and cancer, calling her illness “fossil fuel based.” According to the nonpartisan Institute for Environmental and Energy Studies, “the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) generates significant costs for the climate, the environment and health.”
“I have been undergoing chemotherapy for six months and I am handling the treatments quite well and, believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism,” added the environmentalist. “Cancer is a teacher and I am heeding the lessons it holds for me. One thing he has already shown me is the importance of community. To grow and deepen the community itself so that we are not alone. And cancer, along with my age, almost 85, definitely teaches the importance of adjusting to new realities.”
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Jane Fonda has dealt with a variety of health issues throughout her life. In an interview, the grace and frankie The star said she has “had a lot of cancer,” adding that she often sees skin doctors for removal procedures. In 2018, she said she had one removed from her lip. In 2010, she also revealed that she had a non-invasive breast tumor removed and was said to be “cancer free” shortly after.
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