Celebrity Cancer Survivors / Famous Cancer Survivors

Cancer takes the life of many different people every year. For cancer patients, it is always nice to hear about people, especially celebrity cancer survivors and famous cancer survivors, who have fought cancer, or are still fighting it bravely. This reminds them that, "Cancer Can Be Defeated." These people have the ability to bring unbelieveable awareness to disorders and diseases which could further not only knowledge but research. Cancer is not a biased disease. It strikes everyone without regard for rich or poor, black or white, young or old. Many celebrity cancer survivors and famous cancer survivors have been victims, and a few have survived and come back stronger. Often there is a notion that celebrities are rich and can afford the best of treatments, which is why they survive cancer. However, they are also continuously subjugated to stress because of the fame. Their positive attitude to fight cancer is what helps them fight these 'incurable' diseases. These celebrity cancer survivors, famous cancer survivors who fight and survive cancer can be looked upon as inspiration for cancer patients. A few famous cancer survivors are:

Lance Armstrong

The most prominent cancer survivor in the world, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer which later spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen. According to doctors, he had only a 2% chance of survival, yet, he survived. It was his indomitable will and belief that he could be cured, that helped him survive.

Nelson Mandela

Political personality and Noble Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was diagnosed with microscopic prostate cancer in 2001, after he was released from prison. He underwent a seven week radiation therapy and successfully fought prostate cancer. It was he who was instrumental in ending the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Robert De Niro

Oscar Award winning actor, Robert De Niro's cancer was detected at an early stage, after the death of his father due to prostate cancer. He immediately took treatment and was regular with his check ups. He underwent surgery and is now cancer free.

Steve Jobs

The man behind the popular I-Pod and co-founder of Apple Computers, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. It is said that pancreatic cancer is inoperable but, Steve continues his fight against it. He is in remission after undergoing a new procedure in which a part of his pancreas was removed.

Colin Powell

Colin Powell was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was the US Secretary of State. He underwent surgery and successfully fought the cancer. Nowadays, he advocates for awareness of prostate cancer.

Some of the women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and successfully fought it are:

Kylie Minogue

An Australian pop sensation with a sultry voice, Kylie Minogue had a bout with cancer in 2005. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she immediately postponed her Showgirl Tour and underwent treatment. She went into remission after an 18 month fight, and then, continued with her tour. It is said that because of the publicity about her cancer, lots of women were saved by early detection as they took preventive measures.

Christina Applegate

The Emmy Award winning actress and star of Samantha Who?, Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008. The disease runs in her family - her mother earlier survived breast cancer. It was found that the she had a gene mutation that could cause cancer again, and hence, she decided to go for a double mastectomy treatment. She had breast reconstruction surgery and is free of cancer now.

Melissa Etheridge

Singer Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. While she was undergoing chemotherapy and lumpectomy, in which the tumor and surrounding cells are removed, she performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards. She was bald at the time of her performance due to chemotherapy. On Dateline NBC she said, "I remember when I finally made the choice. Yeah, I’m going to do it bald. And you know what? Maybe this’ll help somebody who’s sitting on chemo (chemotherapy), laying in bed and going, ‘God, I’m bald.’ Isn’t this weird? Maybe it’ll help them feel a little better. I didn’t know to what extent that would happen. But I’m honored (that the song had such an impact)." Her act is still lauded by many.

Olivia Newton-John

A popular hollywood actress, who shot to fame after the release of mega hit movie Grease, Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She underwent mastectomy and breast reconstruction and is now free of cancer. She spends most of her time campaigning and raising awareness of breast cancer.

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher, known for her nasal vocal qualities in many movies and starring as TV's The Nanny, had to put her life on hold when she was diagnosed with stage 1 uterine cancer in June of 2000. Although it was misdiagnosed for about two years, when it was discovered, fortunately, it was still in stage 1, allowing her to undergo a radical hysterectomy procedure and now lives her life without cancer in the background. Fran spoke out about her battle in a book title Cancer Schmancer.

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, who most people know fondly as Willy Wonka from the Chocolate Factory movie, was diagnosed with lymphoma, (non-Hodgkins) in 1999 but was able to beat the strain and has been in remission and living a private life since 2000. His wife Gilda Radner passed away from ovarian cancer [signs of ovarian cancer] and he has been a vocal advocate of cancer charities since his recovery. Also, since he went into remission for his cancer he has published several books including the 2007 release My French Whore and in 2008 The Women Who Wouldn't.

Kathy Bates

Actress Kathy Bates, who is best known for her work in Misery for which she won an Academy Award, has waged a private battle with ovarian cancer in 2003 but since it leaked to the press she has announced that she was able to make a full recovery and is now more than five years into remission.Bates continues to pop up in movies as the overbearing adorable characters she is known for; with appearances recently in films such as PS I Love You, Bee Movie, and The Family That Preys.

Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers, known as the endless beauty and author of several self-help books as well as the sexy step mother in Step by Step in the early nineties, battled breast cancer in 2001.Unlike most people she choose to receive surgery and radiation treatment but bypassed chemotherapy for alternative cancer treatment that included mistletoe injections.Since then she has been an avid supporter of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and also penned a bestselling novel on the topic entitled Ageless.

Other Celebs that have had a cancer diagnosis:

-Cynthia Nixon

-Rod Stewart

-Sheryl Crow

-Sharon Osbourne

-Edie Falco

-Jaclyn Smith

-Delta Goodrem


-Tom Green

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