Jane Fonda has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has started chemotherapy, the 84-year-old actor announced Friday. “This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky,” she wrote.
She shared the news in an Instagram post, explaining that she is hopeful despite her diagnosis.
“So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share. I’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have started chemo treatments.
This is a very treatable cancer. 80% 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.”
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Fonda will turn 85 in December. She’s a two-time Oscar winner, she’s kept her career thriving in recent years with her recently wrapped Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”
Jane vowed not to let cancer interfere with her activism work “doing chemo for 6 months,” adding, “I am handling the treatments quite well and, believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism.”
Fonda’s post concluded: “The midterms are looming, and they are beyond consequential so you can count on me to be right there together with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”