Cancer Didn’t Have a Chance Against These Celebs

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When cancer strikes, the fear alone can leave you winded and feeling helplessly adrift in a sea of despair. The celebs featured here faced cancer and fought their fight in the public eye while putting on a brave face. Their struggles and victories bring hope to many facing similar situations. We hope their inspiration lends much needed support and positive encouragement to beating this awful disease.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman faced the scalpel three times for skin cancer on the nose. Although things look fine, he may have to undergo further treatments down the road. We wish him well.
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Robert De Niro

It was at an early stage in his life that Robert De Niro discovered he had prostate cancer. Thankfully, because of the timely discovery, he was able to beat it.
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates is not only a great actress, but one tough fighter. She survived two bouts of cancer. In 2003 she beat ovarian cancer and in 2012 she vanquished breast cancer.
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Olivia Newton-John

Diagnosed in 1992 with breast cancer, Olivia Newton John who starred in the movie Grease, underwent treatment to beat this disease. Today she is a strong advocate for early detection and research.
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Edie Falco

Edie Falco who plays Nurse Jackie, was diagnosed with breast cancer during the filming of “The Sopranos.” She carried on acting while keeping it a secret on set.
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Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro is a Stand Up Comedian who developed breast cancer. She required a double mastectomy. Today she is in good spirits and continues to make the world smile.
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Drew Pinsky

Star of Dr. Drew, disclosed that he had surgery in 2013 for prostate cancer. Fortunately he has been cancer free since his treatment.
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Fran Drescher

This actress survived a diagnosis of uterine cancer in 2000. Afterward, she set out to help other women beat cancer. This led to her starting the Cancer Shmancer Movement.
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Richard Roundtree

We tend to view breast cancer as a woman’s disease, but this disease also affects men. So it was that Richard Rountree came down with male breast cancer requiring a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Today, he spends time promoting the concept of early breast cancer detection for men.
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Robin Roberts

“As many of you know, 5 years ago I beat breast cancer. I’ve always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner,” said the Good Morning America anchor. It was in 2013 that she received a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) which is a blood and bone marrow disease.
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Michael C. Hall

The man who played Dexter developed Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010. Fortunately it was the treatable type and he is well today.
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