As raised awareness, advanced treatments, and early diagnoses bring up the survival rate of cancer, we take a look at some famous personalities who took the bull by the horns and came out of the bane of cancer heroically. They not only continue to lead healthy lives but have put their star status to good use by sharing their survival stories. So read on as we celebrate their successful battles with cancer and remarkable contribution to spreading awareness about the deadly disease.
Robert De Niro: The Academy Award-winning actor is revered for his toughness. Even prostate cancer couldn’t keep him from bouncing back up and making a full recovery in 2011. His father, De Niro Sr., lost his battle with cancer at the age of 71. However, thanks to regular check-ups, Robert De Niro’s cancer was detected at an early stage. While the details of his treatment were not made public, his comeback is a motivation to all.
Lance Armstrong: At the age of 25, the racing cyclist was diagnosed of advanced testicular cancer. By the time of this diagnosis in 1996, the cancer had already made its way to Armstrong’s lungs, brain and abdomen. While doctors had little hope for him, Armstrong was announced cancer-free the very next year. Following his miraculous recovery, he established the Lance Armstrong Foundation that gained popularity as the Livestrong Foundation which is devoted to uplifting cancer survivors.
Kylie Minogue: In 2005, the Aussie singer-actress was diagnosed with breast cancer, after which she quickly underwent a surgery and began chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy and years of hormone treatment. Kylie compared the chemotherapy to an “an atomic explosion”, which goes to tell how horrific the whole experience was to her. She made her battle with cancer public, which was an inspiration for women all around the world. Kylie will celebrate 10 years of being cancer-free this year.
Sheryl Crow: Singer–songwriter Sheryl received the devastating news of having early-stage breast cancer in 2006. A minimally invasive surgery was performed to save Sheryl’s life. She underwent seven weeks of radiation coupled with a lumpectomy. Having been lucky to have had an early diagnosis so she could steer clear of chemotherapy, Sheryl considers her struggle to be life-changing and shares her experience with other survivors. Sheryl is a fighter and even after finding out she has a noncancerous brain tumor in 2012, she called it another “bump in the road” and is going strong.
Michael Douglas: After three misdiagnoses, the American actor was finally diagnosed with stage-four cancer in 2010. He admits that with each week of chemotherapy and radiation, he sank lower and lower. Since he opted to stay away from surgery, he had to put in a lot of effort to keep his weight up. He finally managed to get rid of the tumour on his tongue and is grateful for the healthy, cancer-free life he now leads.