Jane Fonda, a US actress and activist, revealed on Friday that she has cancer and has started chemotherapy in her fight against the condition.
The 84-year-old Oscar winner, a well-known Democrat, promised to battle the “extremely manageable” condition.
Jane Fonda publish on her verified Instagram account saying, “So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share. I’ve 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’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I am privileged in this. Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I am receiving and this is not right.
“We also need to be talking much more not just about cures but about causes so we can eliminate them. For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. So do pesticides, many of which are fossil fuel-based, like mine.
“I’m doing chemo for 6 months and am handling the treatments quite well and, believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism.
“Cancer is a teacher and I’m paying attention to the lessons it holds for me. One thing it’s shown me already is the importance of community. Of growing and deepening one’s community so that we are not alone. And the cancer, along with my age –almost 85– definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.
“We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can, using every tool in my toolbox and that very much includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective strength to make change.
“The midterms are looming, and they are beyond consequential so you can count on me to be right there together with you as we grow our army of climate champions.”
The outspoken environmentalist and social activist Jane Fonda claimed that she was in a better position than many people in similar circumstances.
Nearly every family in America has experienced cancer at some point, and far too many do not have access to the high-quality medical treatment I receive. This is wrong, she said.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops into extensive tumors after beginning in the lymphatic system, which is a component of the body’s immune systems.
The Mayo Clinic lists a number of symptoms that can include swollen lymph nodes, chest pain, coughing, breathing difficulties, chronic fatigue, and fever.
According to the clinic’s website, “in most cases, doctors don’t know what causes non-lymphoma.” Hodgkin’s
It starts when your body makes an excessive number of aberrant lymphocytes, a class of white blood cells.
In non-lymphoma, Hodgkin’s those cells don’t die even if the body keeps producing more of them. Normally, when such cells die, the body produces new ones to replace them.
According to the clinic’s website, “this overabundance of lymphocytes crowds into your lymph nodes, causing them to enlarge.”
Jane Fonda advocated action on the usage of fossil fuels, which she connected to cancer, and swore that her treatment would not stop her from advocating for the environment.
“I’m undergoing chemo for six months, and I’m managing the treatments fairly well. Trust me when I say that none of this will stop me from being an active climate activist.
Because what we do or don’t do today will impact the future, we are living through the most important period in human history.
“I won’t let cancer stop me from doing everything I can and using all the tools in my toolbox.”
She called the upcoming midterm elections in November, which could determine whether Democrats led by US President Joe Biden retain control of both houses of Congress, “beyond consequential.”
So as we expand our army of climate warriors, “you can count on me to be right there together with you,” she wrote.
Fonda made her film debut in 1960, and her performances in “Klute” (1971) and “Coming Home” earned her two Academy Awards for best actress (1978).
In her career, she has received five further Oscar nominations, including four for best lead actress.
She was known as “Hanoi Jane” for her anti-war activity during the US-Vietnam War and was banned in Hollywood as a result. She was also a key role in the 1980s home fitness video fad.
She also stars in “Grace and Frankie,” a well-known and enduring Netflix hit.
Jane Fonda comes from a famous acting family; her father Henry was a big-screen superstar who played the disgruntled juror in “12 Angry Men” and won the best actor Oscar for “On Golden Pond” (1981).
Her brother Peter was a key player in the 1960s counterculture, and his performance in “Easy Rider” is regarded as a milestone in the annals of Hollywood.