Kathy Griffin Announces She Has Lung Cancer, Will Undergo Surgery
'Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!'
Comedian Kathy Griffin told her followers on Twitter that she has lung cancer, despite never smoking, and will undergo immediate treatment.
Griffin wrote on Twitter:
“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!”
The comedian, 60, said her cancer is “contained to my left lung,” is in Stage 1, and her doctors are “very optimistic.”
“Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this, and I should have normal function with my breathing," she said.
"I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less," she added.
"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.”
Griffin discussed the diagnosis in an interview with ABC News’ Nightline on Monday night, admitting she is “still a little bit in shock."
She will also tell co-anchor Juju Chang about her state of mind and sobriety during the interview, recounting her family’s own private health battles.
In 2017, Griffin’s sister Joyce Griffin died of cancer, and her mother, Maggie Griffin, died in March 2020 after battling dementia.
Last year, Griffin was hospitalized with, what she described as "UNBEARABLY PAINFUL" COVID-19 symptoms.
The star was updating on her social media at the hospital coronavirus isolation room and had taken the opportunity to attack President Donald Trump about his administration's response to the pandemic at the time.