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30 celebrities who survived cancer

  • 30 celebrities who survived cancer

    Cancer will touch many people at some point in their lives. The American Cancer Society estimated that about 1.7 million Americans would be diagnosed with cancer in 2018. The estimate doesn’t take into account certain skin cancers or non-invasive cancers, so the actual numbers are likely to be even higher.

    In today’s world of social media and open communication, many celebrities are choosing to speak publicly about their cancer diagnoses. Some simply want to be open with their fans, but many wish to raise awareness about everything from early diagnosis to treatment options, especially if their cancer is rare.

    Stacker gathered a list of 30 celebrities who have survived cancer. The conditions and treatment options differed among them, but their perseverance has undoubtedly had a positive impact on society. 

  • Sofia Vergara

    You may be familiar with this actress from the long-running TV series "Modern Family.” But Vergara also is in remission from thyroid cancer, for which she had surgery and radiation. She manages the resulting hypothyroidism with medication.

  • Tig Notaro

    In a famous 2012 comedy set, Notaro openly declared to the world, "Hello, I have cancer.” She underwent a double mastectomy to manage her bilateral breast cancer, and displayed her mastectomy scars on stage and social media.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor survived a benign brain tumor and basal cell carcinoma. Taylor had surgery for both, and has remained in remission. She encouraged her fans to donate to her long-running Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation instead of sending her flowers during treatment.

  • Edie Falco

    The star of "Nurse Jackie” and "The Sopranos" received lots of support from her colleagues during treatment for breast cancer. Falco is in remission, and attributes her sobriety to her emotional recovery from the disease.

  • Ewan McGregor

    Famous for "Moulin Rouge!” and "Trainspotting” Ewan McGregor had a lower-risk run-in with cancer in 2008. While having several moles removed, McGregor received news that one was cancerous. It was caught early, and McGregor made a full recovery.

  • Fran Drescher

    Known for her quick wit in "The Nanny,” Drescher’s uterine cancer diagnosis was no laughing matter. The actress underwent a radical hysterectomy as part of her treatment. Today, she’s an advocate for better public health awareness

  • Cynthia Nixon

    This multi-faceted actress, best-known for her role on "Sex and the City,” also ran for governor of New York. Nixon kept her breast cancer diagnosis private from her fans while going through treatment. She caught the tumor "very early” and is in remission. 

  • Wanda Sykes

    When comedian Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, an aggressive kind of precancerous growth, she chose a double mastectomy to eliminate any chance for the disease to progress. As Sykes said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, "I had both breasts removed because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer."

  • Kylie Minogue

    Australian songstress Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36. Her course of treatment included radiation, chemotherapy, and a partial mastectomy, and she's now cancer-free. Minogue has been open about her initial misdiagnosis, and emphasizes that patients need to be informed advocates regarding their own care.

  • Stephen Fry

    British comedian Stephen Fry was diagnosed with prostate cancer this past January. Fry spoke about his experience with treatment in a message to fans, attesting that his surgery had been a success and he's now in remission. 

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