Jane Fonda, the iconic actress, environmental campaigner, and Academy Award winner, disclosed on Friday that she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a relatively treatable form of cancer.
In a brave message uploaded to her social media pages, Fonda expressed confidence about her prognosis and indicated her commitment to raising awareness about the dangers of climate change despite her current health issues.
The 84-year-old was also eager to stress that while her diagnosis was severe, it was highly treatable, and she had already started chemotherapy to combat the ailment. Furthermore, because of medical technology and research developments, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is now regarded as one of the more treatable kinds of cancer, with roughly 85% of all cases successfully treated.
Fonda’s news was received with an outpouring of love from fans, family, and friends alike, who applauded the famous performer for her bravery in fighting for what she believes in, even during this challenging time. Her determination and optimistic outlook will no doubt serve as an example to many others dealing with disease or other issues in their life.
Jane Fonda recently shared in an emotional email to her friends that she had been diagnosed with non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s disease. This type of cancer is known to respond favorably to treatment, and only 20% of those diagnosed typically survive, so Jane considers herself fortunate to have been diagnosed. She attributes her good fortune to having health insurance and access to top-tier medical specialists, but she realizes this is not a given in the United States.
To counteract this problem, Jane advocates for more excellent discussions about how cancer arises and can be prevented. Although numerous elements can contribute to cancer development, fossil fuels are thought to be one of them. Insecticides derived from fossil fuels are also a possible contributor due to their pollutant qualities. Even though she has six months of chemotherapy ahead of her, Jane insists on being involved in climate advocacy, demonstrating her strength and drive.
Non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s is the most common type of lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system, a component of the immune system that protects against infections from outside sources, is made up of white blood cells called lymphocytes that can multiply abnormally and cause tumors to form anywhere in the body.
According to the American Cancer Society, breakthroughs in non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s diagnosis and therapy have made a living with this type of cancer more manageable for patients.
Jane Fonda has had a long and illustrious career as an actor, receiving Best Actress nominations for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1973), as well as honors such as the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2014 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes the year before.
Last year, she joined the cast of Grace and Frankie, a popular Netflix sitcom starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, where she had a crucial part during the show’s final season. Fonda is a fervent environmental crusader in addition to her profession in Hollywood; she was jailed numerous times in 2019 for participating in rallies in Washington, D.C., campaigning for climate change awareness.