Blythe Danner has revealed that she is battling the same serious illness that her husband had and that also caused him to leave the world. American actress Blythe Danner, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow and wife of the late director and TV producer Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002 from oral cancer, has revealed that she is in remission after battling the same type of cancer that killed her husband.
Paltrow, the father of the Oscar-winning actress and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow, died in 2002 as a result of metastatic work in the oral cavity, CNN writes.
She herself was surprised by the diagnosis
"Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it's unusual for a couple to have the same cancer," she said.
Danner told People that when she first felt the lump on her neck in 2018, she was in London. She said that it was unusual for her to discover the lump in the same place where Bruce felt his in 1999. "I remember I looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, 'Are you lonely up there?'" she says.
"It's a sneaky disease. But I'm fine and dandy now. And I'm lucky to be alive." Doctors diagnosed her with adenoid cystic cancer, and she admitted that at first she hid the results of the findings. I started feeling very woozy and I was forgetting everything," she recalls.
"And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999]." "I kept it from my kids for a long time," says Danner. "I wanted to forge ahead as a mother, and I didn't want them to worry."
When she finally told her daughter,
"I was obviously very shocked," Gwyneth recalls.
"It was scary. And it felt really eerie because it was so similar [to my dad's]." After three surgeries, chemotherapy and a number of alternative treatments, Danner says she is now in remission - a state of improvement in the condition of the disease that is manifested by the easing or disappearance of its essential features.
Blythe is a grandmother of four grandchildren and, as she said, she is not ready to leave this world yet. "She went through it with so much grace," says Gwyneth. "I was amazed at how strong she was able to be." Danner now works with the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about oral cancers.