Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has announced that she is in remission from cancer, describing the news as “the best birthday present ever”.
The 84 year old Hollywood After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Legend announced in September that she had started treatment.
But in a blog post, the American actress, known for her award-winning performances in “Klute” and “Coming Home,” announced that she can now stop chemotherapy.
Fonda said she feels “so blessed and lucky” and thanked those who prayed and blessed her.
In a blog post on Thursday titled “Best Birthday Gift Ever,” she wrote: “Last week my oncologist told me my cancer was in remission and I could stop chemo.
“I feel so blessed, so blessed. I thank everyone who prayed for me and sent me good thoughts. I believe it played its part in the good news.”
She continued: “I’m especially happy because while my first four chemo sessions were fairly easy for me, just feeling tired for a few days, the last one was tough and lasted two weeks, making it hard for me to get anything done .”
Fonda, a lifelong activist who has campaigned on many political issues including the Vietnam and Iraq wars and the environment, will turn 85 on December 21.
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She used the September diagnostic bulletin to ask how many Americans are “deprived of access to quality health care” because of insurance issues, and to discuss the impact of fossil fuels on people’s health.
Sharing a photo of herself on Instagram at the time, she wrote: “So, my dear friends, I have something personal to share. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started Chemotherapy.
“It’s a very treatable cancer and 80 per cent of people survive, so I feel very lucky.
“I’m also very lucky because I have health insurance and have access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, it’s painful and I’m privileged in that regard.
“Almost every family in the United States has struggled with cancer at one time or another, and it just doesn’t feel right that too many families don’t have access to the quality health care I’m receiving.”
Fonda, the daughter of future American actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour, had a stellar career in Hollywood that included two Academy Awards, two Baftas and seven Golden Globes.
She most recently starred in the hit Netflix series Grace & Frankie alongside Lily Tomlin.
What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system — the network of blood vessels and glands that form part of the immune system.
This system contains a clear fluid called lymph that contains infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes.
In a rare type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, affected lymphocytes begin to proliferate in an abnormal manner.
They then start to collect in certain parts of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes (glands), which then lose their infection-fighting properties.
People with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are more susceptible to infections.
In the UK, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma each year, with more than a third of cases diagnosed in people over the age of 75.
The mainstays of treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy called monoclonal antibody therapy.