Celebrities who survived cancer

Cancer is a mean disease that can strike anyone, at any age. It attacks rich and poor, young and old, common people and stars. Battling cancer takes strength and courage but it can be defeated and many people all over the world have survived the disease. Here are some of the most famous cancer survivors.

Gene Wilder








Perhaps best known for his role as Willy Wonka in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, actor Gene Wilder is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999 and was treated with chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is in complete remission. In recent years, he has turned to writing and produced an autobiography in 2005.

Cynthia Nixon

2012 GLAMOUR Women Of The Year Awards







At first, love and the City star Cynthia Nixon was hesitant to reveal that a cancerous tumor had been discovered in her right breast during a routine mammogram in 2006. She didn’t want her condition to become public during her treatment. “I didn’t want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing,” Nixon told the New York Daily News after treating her cancer with a lumpectomy and radiation. But Nixon, whose mother also survived breast cancer, decided to tell her story when she realized it might serve as an inspiration for other women at risk. “I had a lumpectomy and then I had six and a half weeks of radiation,” she said. Cynthia is cancer-free and has since become an ambassador for Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Robert De Niro

"The Family" Stage Greeting - The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival







Acclaimed actor Robert De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 after a regular check-up. Fortunately for him — and his family, friends, and fans — “the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups, a result of his proactive personal healthcare program,” his publicist said in a statement. Few details were released about the star’s treatment, but he went on to make a full recovery and, in 2011, at 68, became a father for the sixth time, to a daughter, Helen Grace Hightower, born via surrogate to him and his wife, Grace Hightower.

Edie Falco








When Sopranos star Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer, she kept it almost completely secret; she barely told a soul on the set of the six-season HBO hit series on which she played mob wife Carmela Soprano. Falco quietly went into treatment and emerged cancer-free—and with shorter hair—in 2004. She says she chose to stay mum because she didn’t want any fuss or pity. “It was very important for me to keep my diagnosis under the radar…because well-meaning people would have driven me crazy asking, ‘How are you feeling?’” Falco told Health. Instead, she “bucked up, put on my Carmela fingernails, and was ready to work.”

Michael Douglas








Douglas was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. The actor initially said it was throat cancer, but last year he admitted he was actually diagnosed with tongue cancer. Douglas revealed his diagnosis in August 2010, but decided to keep his tongue cancer a secret after his doctor, who’d found a walnut-size tumor at the base of his tongue, revealed the surgery could impact his appearance in a major way. “The surgeon said, ‘Let’s just say it’s throat cancer,’” Douglas said, explaining that the doctor told him that if they had to do surgery for tongue cancer “it’s not going to be pretty” and that he faced losing part of his jaw and tongue. So Douglas kept his secret, just in case he had to go under the knife. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment and was declared tumor-free in January 2011.

Christina Applegate








Christina Applegate went public about her breast cancer in 2008 after undergoing a double mastectomy. She opted to have her both breasts removed after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2008, even though cancer was found in only one breast. Applegate—who tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene mutation and whose mother is a repeat breast cancer survivor—said she chose mastectomy to reduce the chance that the cancer could spread or come back. She later founded Right Action for Women, a nonprofit that provides financial aid to women at high risk of breast cancer.

Dustin Hoffman








Last year, Dustin Hoffman was diagnosed and successfully treated for cancer. His representative didn’t share any details about the disease. She just confirmed that the actor was surgically treated. “It was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” she said. “Dustin is feeling great and is in good health.”


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5 responses to “Celebrities who survived cancer”

  1. Sandra says:

    I am happy to hear that so many bright and talented people have conquered the awful disease that is so spread in the modern age. I am always happy to find out people combat and survive cancer and it never gets back to the, cancer is a terrible disease. The humanity doesn’t know the exact reasons that cause it, but the results are known to everyone. I am so happy to see happy faces of the survivors. Let us enjoy your great job that brings us so much satisfaction!

  2. Katherine says:

    These are indeed the survivors. Cancer is a very foxy disease and those, who survived it, are very lucky people. I hope it won’t repeat in their lives again as this is a very dangerous thing. We all live under one God, but everyone has their one fate. I am not a fatalist, but better not to have this disease spot on your life line.

  3. Ernie says:

    Wow, I never through Cynthia Nixon was sick, as it seems she was sick while performing, maybe that is why she was wearing short haircut all the time, because she was going through the radiation process, and probably that was provoking her hair loss. It su**s when something like that is going on in life as it really damages people’s life, and make not only them suffering but also all of their family who is there for them and who is terribly worried but is not able to show, in order not to make them losing their encouragement. I think Cynthia Nixon is a very brave woman, and it is very good that she has revealed her story, as I am sure it will help a lot of women in the world to fight with the same problem, I remember when my sister went through all of the analysis as she thought she might have cancer, I was so terrified for her, especially while I saw a lot of people in that part of the hospital who were suffering from cancer. Awe my God, when I remember about it I still have this awkward feeling when I am feeling that my hair on the head is going up.

  4. Jade says:

    Throat cancer that is probably the most terrifying thing I have ever heard of in my life. And I think it that Michael Douglas is a really happy man, as all this time while he was sick his wife Catherine Zeta Jones stayed near him and has helped him going through the horrible disease. I think not every woman is capable to do that, unfortunately this is the hard truth nowadays, before it was a normal thing for two people to stay together in good or bad times, but not it is not a normal thing anymore, now leaving each other to face the huge problem alone is a normal thing, and I don’t know when did it happened and when did it started to be a normal thing in the world, but that is the sad truth. He really is a lucky man indeed, as his wife is not only a caring and wonderful woman, but is also much younger when he is, and of course a lot of women on her place could have forgotten about their man and started living their life with someone younger and healthy.

  5. Rimma says:

    Wow, I am so damn proud of Robert de Niro, he managed to go through cancer of prostate, which is probably awful for a man, and to have a child after that, well hey, he is an Italian man, and Italians never fail, as they never give up. It is a good thing, I wish everyone would live according this philosophy, this way there would be much healthier nation, than it is being raised right now. I probably saw all of his movies, and enjoy them as he brings a special meaning to every movie in which he performs, but I didn’t really liked a few of his last ones, they are of a comedy genre, and probably it is not really his genre, or he simply is not good about comedies. Every person is good in its own field, I am not against experiments, but sometimes it is really better not to try, especially if you are a public person and it might affect upon your entire carrier. I honestly did respect him much more than before I saw the movie where he performs with Catherine Heigl and Susan Sarandon.