There are a number of famous celebrities with cancer in the entertainment industry. Some of them have managed to fight off the deadly disease through early detection, while others have had to ensure pain and chemotherapy to emerge on the other side.
It goes without saying that celebrities too have succumbed to cancer, much like us normal moderately well-liked and loved folk.
Here are some of the popular faces who have been afflicted with this disease in one form or another:
- Michael C. Hall
First on this list of celebrities is our friendly neighborhood serial-killer from the popular Showtime show Dexter, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010.
Not only did he manage to draw new blood on the show’s 5th season, he did so cancer-free. The man lost his hair, went in for chemotherapy, but continues to be as cuddly a monster we have ever loved.
- Christina Applegate
It was on August 3, 2008, when People magazine outed the news, that we discovered the early form of breast cancer infesting its way through our beloved Samantha.
That being said, Applegate showed resilience and fought off the cancer. She did however loose her breasts due to a necessary double mastectomy.
You wouldn’t find her complaining much though; instead one can’t help but swell up with pride watching a very-pregnant Christina bring a much-needed natural glow to the red carpet.
- Patrick Swayze
Swayze had a long and tough fight against this disease, which began in late January 2008 when he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
The veteran actor underwent chemotherapy and opted for treatment with an experimental drug called Vatalanib. While the celebrity fought bravely, the disease could only eventually end in one outcome.
Patrick died on September 14, 2009 at the age of 57, with his family and loved ones by his bedside. Patrick’s death is among the most saddening, yet human, fights against this condition on this collection of celebrities with cancer.
- Sheryl Crow
The singer battled breast cancer in 2006, just after her separation from championship-winning cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Not only did Sheryl manage to beat the life-threatening condition, she proved to be a major source of inspiration for women worldwide – a role that she plays with empathy.
The singer recently opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center, which is a state-of-the-art facility for early detection in Los Angeles.
- Lance Edward Armstrong
Armstrong, while a celebrated cyclist, is also most the bravest faces given to this disease worldwide. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 25.
During his very first visit to Austin, Texas, he was coughing up blood due to a large, painful testicular tumor. An immediate surgery and chemotherapy quickly followed, post which, an orchiectomy was performed to remove his diseased testicle.
While the cancerous cells may have eventually made its way to his brain and lungs, it really didn’t have a chance against the determination of the then 25-year-old athlete.
He beat the tumor, but also went on to win the Tour de France an amazing seven time consecutively. He also founded the LiveStrong Foundation.
- Martina Navratilova
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova recently revealed to People magazine that she broke out crying when she found out about her breast diagnosis in February, 2010.
Martina, who is 54 years old, had the following to say about being told about her diagnosis:
“It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes and it’s completely out of my hands.”
Aside from being a cancer survivor, Navratilova is also openly gay, and is seen as a gay-rights icon.
- Sharon Osbourne
Next on our list of celebrities with cancer is the wife and pillar to one of the biggest hard rock icons ever – Mrs Osbourne.
It was in July 2002 when everybody found out that Sharon was suffering from colon cancer. The disease eventually spread to her lymph nodes, and proved to be more serious than doctors believed earlier.
The wife of Ozzy Osbourne managed to ward off and survive despite the 33% survival prognosis determined by her doctors.
Sharon’s situation and subsequent fight took a massive toll on her family, with Ozzy admitting that he “fell apart”, and an alleged suicide attempt by son Jack.
- Michael Douglas
The Oscar-winning actor revealed that he had stage IV throat cancer in August 2010 on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He did so with a brave face, especially laudable given his recent completion of the first eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.
The 65 year-old star, who confidently told People magazine “I’ll beat it”, has been recently spotted having a good time with his wife and kids.
The actor continues to fight off the life-threatening disease, and is said to be making steady recovery, and is an inspirational icon for all normal folk, and celebrities with cancer.
- Andy Whitfield
Whitfield is the lead star on the Starz Original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”. He was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Doctors made the discovery during a routine checkup a little before the 38-year-old British actor was preparing to begin shooting for the second season of the action-adventure series heavily inspired from the movie 300.
Last we heard, he is undergoing treatment successfully, given the “very treatable” nature of his particular condition.
- Dennis Hopper
The Easy Rider star was diagnosed with prostate cancer, for which he underwent treatment through a special program at the University of Southern California.
While those near and dead to Dennis were hoping for the best, the actor died due to it on 29 May, 2010 at the age of 74. All veteran celebrities turned out in large numbers to honor the veteran actor’s work, life and accomplishments.
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