Inside Jane Fonda’s cancer diagnosis

Some may remember when Jane Fonda told Vogue in 2019, “I’ve had a lot of cancer. I was a sunbather. When I have a day off, I often go to my dermatologist and have things cut off by a surgeon.” She also mentioned that she had to undergo a mastectomy and that her health had been unstable.

The simple admission of her well-being is very representative of Fonda, who has never been afraid to open up to her fans, no matter how difficult the subject. A big part is the actress’ commitment to raising awareness of important issues — for example, she once spoke out about her sexual assault to help other people with similar experiences.

Now, three years after her candid cancer reveal to Vogue, Fonda has another health update to share. In addition to announcing her new diagnosis, she wrote an emotional and touching note about how she is handling the news.

Jane Fonda’s cancer is very treatable

Some heartbreaking news from Jane Fonda arrived on September 2 when the veteran actor revealed on Instagram that she has been diagnosed with cancer. “I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and started chemotherapy,” she explained in the post.

But despite how scary cancer may sound, Fonda insists her diagnosis isn’t a death sentence. “This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive so I’m very lucky,” she wrote. The 9 to 5 star then acknowledged her privilege as she would receive the best possible medical attention. The veteran actor also called for more conversations about the possible causes of cancer.

Of course, going through cancer at 85 isn’t ideal, to say the least, but Fonda feels the love. “Cancer is a teacher and I pay attention to the lessons it teaches me,” she wrote in the Post. “One thing it has already shown me is how important community is. Growing and deepening our own community so that we are not alone.”

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