Jane Fonda, 84, says she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has started chemotherapy treatments.
Fonda posted the news on her Instagram Friday afternoon saying that is doing chemotherapy for six months and has vowed that the chemo will not slow down her plans of continuing her political activism.
Fonda has been a long-time activist for numerous causes over the years including most recently. the climate crisis, according to NBC News.
“We also need to be talking much more not just about cures but about causes so we can eliminate them. For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. So do pesticides, many of which are fossil fuel-based, like mine,” said Fonda.
Fonda said that her cancer is treatable and about 80% of people survive it.
The Associated Press said that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells and affects parts of the immune system.
According to Variety, Fonda has won two Oscars and has recently finished her role in the Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie.” Variety said that Fonda turns 85 this December.
The AP said that Fonda won Oscars for her performances in “Klute” and “Coming Home.”
NBC News reported that Fonda mentioned in her Instagram post that she has a better survival chance because of having health insurance and access to the best care.
“Cancer is a teacher and I’m paying attention to the lessons it holds for me. One thing it’s shown me already is the importance of community. Of growing and deepening one’s community so that we are not alone. And the cancer, along with my age --almost 85-- definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities,” said Fonda.
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