Jane Fonda's Cancer Remission: 'Best birthday present ever'


Jane Fonda's Cancer Remission: 'Best birthday present ever'

Actress Jane Fonda recently announced that her cancer is in remission, sharing the good news in a blog post. Fonda, who turns 85 next week, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in September and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past six months.

"Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo," she wrote. "I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way. I am confident that it played a role in the good news." She described the first four rounds of treatment as fairly easy, but the last one was particularly "rough" on her body.

Despite the challenges, Fonda remained determined not to let the disease interfere with her activism against climate change. In her announcement, Fonda thanked those who prayed and sent positive thoughts her way, saying that she believes it played a role in her cancer going into remission.

"So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share," the Grace and Frankie star wrote at the time. "I've been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and have started chemo treatments. This is a very treatable cancer.

80 percent of people survive, so I feel very lucky. I'm also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it's painful, that I am privileged in this. Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many don't have access to the quality health care I am receiving and this is not right." She also emphasized the importance of access to quality healthcare and the privilege of being a celebrity with health insurance.

Fonda described cancer as a "teacher" and pointed out the importance of community in supporting those facing a diagnosis. As someone who has survived cancer herself, Fonda has been vocal about the importance of access to quality healthcare for all.

In her original announcement about her diagnosis, she acknowledged the privilege of having access to the best doctors and treatments and pointed out that far too many families in the United States do not have the same access to care.

She has also used her platform to raise awareness about the need for action on climate change and to advocate for policies that protect the environment.

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