Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has announced that her cancer is in remission, describing the news as “the best birthday present ever”.
84 years old hollywood legend announced in September that she had begun treatment, after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Fonda said she feels “so blessed and blessed” and thanked those who sent her prayers and well wishes.
In a blog post on Thursday, titled “best birthday present ever,” she wrote: “Last week, my oncologist said my cancer was gone. in remission and I can stop chemotherapy.
“I feel so blessed, so blessed. I thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. I believe that played a role in the good news.”
She continued: “I’m especially happy because while my first four rounds of chemotherapy were pretty easy for me, with only a few grueling days, the last round of chemotherapy was tough and lasted two weeks. makes it difficult for me to achieve many things.”
Fonda, a lifelong activist who has campaigned for a number of political issues, including the Vietnam and Iraq wars and on the environment, turns 85 on December 21.
She used the announcement of her diagnosis in September to raise the issue of how many Americans “don’t have access to quality health care” due to insurance troubles as well as discuss about the impact of fossil fuels on people’s health.
When sharing pictures of herself on Instagram at the time, she wrote: “So my dear friends, I have a few personal things to share. I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. non-Hodgkin’s disease and have started chemotherapy.
“This is a very treatable cancer, 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.
“I’m also lucky that I have health insurance and have access to the best doctors and treatments. I realized, and painfully, I have this privilege.
“Almost every family in America has faced cancer at one time or another and too many people don’t have access to the quality health care that I’m getting, and this is not true. .”
Fonda, the daughter of American actor later Henry Fonda and activist Frances Ford Seymour, had a brilliant Hollywood career of her own, including two Academy Awards, two Bafta Awards, and seven awards. Golden Globe.
She recently starred with Lily Tomlin in the popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system – a network of vessels and glands that form part of your immune system.
This system contains a clear fluid called lymph that contains infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes.
In non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, the affected lymphocytes begin to multiply abnormally.
They then begin to accumulate in certain parts of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes (glands), after which they lose their anti-infective properties.
People with non-hodking lymphoma are more susceptible to infection.
In the UK, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma each year, with just over a third of cases being diagnosed in people over the age of 75.
The main treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a targeted treatment called monoclonal antibody therapy.