US comedian Kathy Griffin revealed on Monday that she’s battling early-stage lung cancer despite never smoking cigarettes and will be undergoing surgery to remove half of her left lung.
“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed,” Griffin, 60, shared on Twitter. “Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!”
She continued: “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less. It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine.”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 2, 2021
Griffin said she has been vaccinated against coronavirus and ‘the consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious’.
‘Please stay up to date on your medical check-ups. It’ll save your life,’ she added.
Griffin made headlines in 2017 when she shaved off her hair to show solidarity with her sister Joyce Griffin, who was going through chemotherapy at the time for cancer but later died at age 65 while Griffin also lost her older brother Gary to cancer in 2014; he died of stage 4 esophageal cancer at age 63.
The comedian received warm words of encouragement from fellow comedians and Hollywood stars.
‘You’re a fighter. Cancer doesn’t have a chance!’ tweeted Sarah Silverman.
Rosemary’s Baby actress Mia Farrow tweeted: ‘A major, scary ordeal but they will remove it and you will be just fine.
‘In the meantime i will keep you in my prayers dear Kathy.’
Jane Lynch of Glee fame tweeted: ‘I’m beaming out to you all my love and vibes for good health.’