Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has announced that her cancer is in remission, describing the news as “the best birthday present ever.”
The 84-year-old Hollywood Legend announced in September that she was starting treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
But writing in a blog post, the American actress, best known for her award-winning performances in Klute and Coming Home, announced she was now able to stop chemotherapy.
Fonda said she felt “so blessed and lucky” and thanked those who had sent her prayers and well wishes.
In a blog post on Thursday, titled “best birthday present ever,” she wrote: “Last week my oncologist told me my cancer is in remission and I can stop my chemo.
“I feel so blessed, so lucky. I thank all of you who have prayed and sent good thoughts my way. I am confident that played a part in the good news.”
She continued: “I’m especially happy because while my first four chemo treatments were pretty easy for me, just a few days of tiredness, the last chemo session was tough and lasted two weeks, making it difficult to accomplish anything.” .
Fonda, a lifelong activist who campaigned on a variety of political issues, including the Vietnam and Iraq wars and the environment, turns 85 on Dec. 21.
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He used the announcement of his diagnosis in September to raise the question of how many Americans “do not have access to quality health care” due to insurance problems and to discuss the effects fossil fuels can have on people’s health.
Sharing an image of herself on Instagram at the time, she wrote: “So my dear friends, I have something personal that I want to share. I have 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.
“I am also fortunate in that I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatment. I realize, and it is painful, that I am privileged in this.
“Nearly every family in America has dealt with cancer at one time or another, and too many don’t have access to the quality health care I’m getting, and that’s just not right.”
Fonda, the daughter of future American actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour, had a distinguished career in Hollywood, including two Academy Awards, two Baftas and seven Golden Globes.
He recently starred with Lily Tomlin in the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
What is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands that forms part of the immune system.
The system contains a clear fluid called lymph which contains infection-fighting white blood cells known as lymphocytes.
In non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a rare form of cancer, the affected lymphocytes begin to multiply abnormally.
They then begin to collect in parts of the lymphatic system, such as lymph nodes (glands), which then lose their infection-fighting properties.
People with non-Hodking’s lymphoma are more vulnerable to infections.
In the UK, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma each year, with just over a third of cases diagnosed in people over the age of 75.
The main treatments for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a targeted treatment called monoclonal antibody therapy.