Jane Fonda, 84, announces she has cancer

Hollywood megastar Jane Fonda says she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that she is receiving chemotherapy for the disease.

Fonda, 84, took to Instagram Friday and wrote: ‘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.’

The thrice-married star, who has previously battled the disease, went on to say she was ‘lucky’ to ‘have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatment.’

Fonda, a two-time Oscar winnter, added that she is ‘privileged as a celebrity.’

She has previously been diagnosed with both breast and skin cancer, and blamed the latter on her past love of sunbathing.

Fonda says she attended the 2016 Golden Globes in a ruffled white dress designed to disguise recent surgery she’d had to remove her breast.

She told Vogue: ‘I get out of the car and I have the strange white dress with all the ruffles? That’s because I’d just had a mastectomy and I had to cover my bandages.’

In her Instagram post, Fonda reassured fans and loved ones and said she would need to acclimate to a new reality as she fights the cancer.

‘Cancer is a teacher and I’m paying attention to the lessons it holds for me,’ she wrote. ‘One thing it’s shown me already is the importance of community. Of growing and deepening one’s community so that we are not alone.

‘And the cancer, along with my age – almost 85 – definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.’

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the body’s immune system, with symptoms including swollen lymph nodes, abdominal and chest pain, fevers, fatigue and weight loss.

The cancer can occur at any age, but the risks increases with age as it’s most common in people 60 and over, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The news comes on the heels of the final episode of Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s adult Netflix comedy series, Grace and Frankie, which aired the last season in April.

Fonda who has previously suffered from breast and skin cancer said in a 2019 interview that she ‘had a lot of cancer’ and that her battle was a ‘ongoing process’.

‘I’ve had a lot of cancer’ The Klute star said. ‘I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.’

In 2010, she had a breast cancer scare. Doctors quickly discovered the cancer had not spread.

At the time, Fonda wrote of the scare on her internet blog: ‘I had a scare with a non-invasive breast cancer but it is ALL OUT NOW!!!’.

‘Iam so lucky,’ she added. ‘We got it early and it was, as I said,non-invasive. I want to thank my friends and fans who have writtenbeautiful ­letters. It has meant a lot to me.’

Recalling the 2016 Golden Globes, where she was nominated for best supporting actress in Youth, she said: ‘I get out of the car and I have the strange white dress with all the ruffles? That’s because I’d just had a mastectomy and I had to cover my bandages.’

The two-time Academy Award winner, who underwent a lumpectomy for breast cancer in 2010, added her battle is a ‘ongoing process’.

In 2018 Fonda had a cancerous growth removed from her lower lip, which was likely basal-cell carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer).

‘I just want to explain the bandage,’ the 80-year-old acting legend told the AOL BUILD Series audience.

‘I just had a cancer taken from my lip. I thought it was going to heal in time before I came before you, but it’s fine. I just want to explain it. I don’t normally go around like this. The world is falling apart. What’s a lip?’

Fonda has been open about the health implications of getting older, admitting her ‘whole body hurts’ because of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.

‘The fact that I hurt a lot – my body hurts – is a surprise to me, and it’s not because of all that working out,’ she said.

‘It’s genetic. My father Henry had it, my brother Peter had it. Your cartilage disappears and then it’s bone on bone, and then “ow”. But we live in a time where you can just get a new one.’

Jane was previously married to CNN founder Ted Turner for 10 years, until 2001.

The Grace And Frankie star also wed politician Tom Hayden in 1973, one year after divorcing film director Roger Vadim who cast her in the sci fi film Barbarella.

Her children are Vanessa Vadim (from her first marriage), Troy Garity (with her second husband) and Mary Luana Williams (who was unofficially adopted).

Developing story, check back for updates.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top