60-year-old comedian and actor Kathy Griffin revealed that she was battling stage 1 lung cancer and had undergone surgery to have part of her left lung removed on Monday morning. A spokesperson for Griffin said that the surgery “went well and as planned. Kathy is now in recovery and resting. Doctors say the procedure was normal without any surprises,” reported Deadline.
Griffin took to social media to talk about her diagnosis and assured fans that she will be “just fine”. “I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” Griffin said in her Instagram and Twitter posts. “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung,” she continued. “Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running as usual in a month or less.”
The two-time Emmy Award winner also urged her fans to be mindful of their health and get regular medical checkups, in addition to getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine,” she concluded. “Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’ll save your life. XXOO, KG”
Following her surgery, the comedian appeared on ABC News’ Nightline, to shed some light on her diagnosis and opened up about her mental health struggles, her addiction to pills, attempted suicide and her current sobriety.
“I was very nervous about opening up on ‘Nightline’ re my suicidal ideations and my prescription pill addiction,” Griffin tweeted. “This keychain means the world to me. One day at a time.”