20 Stories of Famous Cancer Survivors

<img src="image.gif" alt="A pink ribbon" />You’ve read the stories of cancer survivors and marveled at their strength, resilience, and confidence. We’ve collected 20 of their stories here, and we hope you enjoy them.

Actress Christina Applegate had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis in 2008. She has started her own cancer foundation.

Bicyclist Lance Armstrong’s testicular cancer spread to his lungs and brain. He was given only a short time to live, but he went on to live and win the Tour de France seven times.

Actress and director Kathy Bates privately fought ovarian cancer 10 years ago and won.

Just two months ago, newsman Tom Brokaw found he had multiple myeloma. He is currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic.

Actor and director Robert DeNiro successfully fought prostate cancer with surgery 11 years ago.

TV doc Drew Pinsky was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and underwent a robotic prostatectomy last summer.
After two years of misdiagnoses, actress Fran Drescher was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000. In typical Fran fashion, she founded Fran Drescher’s Cancer Shmancer Foundation.

Late last year, actor Hugh Jackman had a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose.

Actor Michael C. Hall was told he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma four years ago and is now in remission.

Actress Valerie Harper has beaten the odds. She was told in March 2013 that she had a rare form of brain cancer and was given three months to live.

News anchor and “Today Show” cohost Hoda Kotb has been breast-cancer free since 2009.

In 1995, actor Mr. T was found to have a rare type of T-cell lymphoma. He is in remission.

Diagnosed with breast cancer 8 years ago, actress Cynthia Nixon quietly fought it and is now an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. After chemo and surgery, she is now cancer free and has started the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program.

Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell was found to have prostate cancer last year and underwent surgery last December.

News anchor Robin Roberts has been free of breast cancer for over five years.

Actor Richard Roundtree was diagnosed with breast cancer, a rarity among men. He has been cancer free since 1993 after undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.
Actress Cybill Shepherd’s doctor found a melanoma on her back 12 years ago, and she was successfully treated.

Actress Suzanne Somers beat breast cancer with a lumpectomy and radiation.

Broadway actress Marissa Janet Winokur found she had cervical cancer while she was starring in the Broadway musical “Hairspray.” She beat it and went on to have a baby via surrogate.

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