Jane Fonda has announced that she has been diagnosed with cancer.
The 84-year-old actor shared the news in an Instagram post on Friday, September 2.
“So my dear friends, I have something personal that I want to share. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy treatments,” Fonda began.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, a part of the body’s immune system dedicated to fighting germs.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky,” she continued. “I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and I have access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I’m privileged in this.
The Grace and Frankie The star shared that she had been undergoing chemotherapy for six months and was “managing the treatments quite well”.
She also took advantage of this moment to highlight the next “substantial” American presidential terms.
“You can count on me to be there with you as we grow our army of climate champions,” she reassured.
“We also need to talk a lot more about not just the cures but the causes so we can eliminate them,” Fonda continued. “People need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. The same goes for pesticides, many of which are based on fossil fuels, like mine.
She is well known for being a vocal climate change activist. For which she has been arrested several times, including during the 2016 protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
Fonda has previously been candid about her cancer history. In 2010, she underwent surgery to remove a non-cancerous lump in her breast. Later in 2016, she revealed that she had undergone a mastectomy. Again, in 2019, she opened up about having a cancerous growth removed from her lip.
“Cancer is a teacher and I am attentive to the lessons it has in store for me,” she added. “One thing it has already shown me is the importance of community.”