Celebrities who've had cancer
Rita Wilson, Joan Lunden, Hugh Jackman and more well-known people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Ben Stiller(Credit: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz)
The "Zoolander" and "Night at the Museum" star revealed on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, that he has survived prostate cancer. Stiller spoke in detail about the struggle on Howard Stern's radio show, and separately recounted his experience in an essay published by Medium. "It came out of the blue for me," Stiller told Stern of his June 2014 diagnosis. The actor says a test that September declared him cancer-free.
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson revealed in a video interview with the Daily Mail on Monday, March 28, 2016, that she's living a "nightmarish dream" after being diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks ago. The 61-year-old said that during a routine exam, her doctor found a pea-sized lump in her right breast.
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola of the VH1 reality show "Mob Wives" was diagnosed with a malignant, "lemon-sized" throat tumor in March 2015, according to People magazine. After two surgeries, Big Ang said she was on the road to recovery, but in February 2016, TMZ reported family members said it had spread to stage 4 brain and lung cancer that was resistant to chemotherapy treatment she underwent in January. Raiola lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the age of 55.
Diem Brown(Credit: Getty Images / Mark Sagliocco)
MTV's "The Challenge" star, Diem Brown, was diagnosed with cancer three times within a nine-year time span. -- twice with ovarian cancer, and once with colon cancer, according to People. She died on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at age 32.
David Bowie(Credit: John Griffin)
Legendary musician David Bowie died on Jan. 10, 2016 after a non-publicized, "courageous 18-month battle with cancer," according to his Facebook page. Two days before, Bowie had released his 28th studio album, "Backstar."
Famed neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, (portrayed in "Awakenings" by the late Robin Williams) died on Aug. 30, 2015 after battling liver cancer. On a Feb. 19, 2015 New York Times posting, he wrote of his diagnosis, also stating nine years earlier, he had a tumor in his eye removed, which ultimately left him blind in that eye.
In a statement to People on Aug. 19, 2015, Shannen Doherty confirmed she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and therefore was making some lifestyle changes, as well as undergoing treatment. Doherty made the revelation after TMZ reported the actress was suing a former business manager for failing to maintain her insurance, during which Doherty wasn't eligible to receive covered medical care.
On a Facebook post dated Oct. 16, 2015, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead revealed he was battling bladder cancer. "I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests..." the Grateful Dead bassist wrote on the Terrapin Crossroads Facebook page, the New American restaurant and concert venue that he owns in California.
Sandra Lee, the popular lifestyle personality and longtime domestic partner of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pictured in a Sept. 20, 2015 file photo. Earlier that year, Lee said she had had a lumpectomy followed by a double mastectomy that, despite complications, left her cancer-free.
Tommy Chong said on June 16, 2015 that he has been diagnosed with rectal cancer.
In a statement to People magazine on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, actress Rita Wilson revealed she had recently undergone a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. She underscored the importance of getting a second opinion, saying initial biopsies found no cancer.
Joan Lunden, co-anchor of "Good Morning America" from 1980 to 1997, revealed her breast cancer diagnosis on the morning show on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She spoke with "GMA" hosts Robin Roberts and Amy Robach, both of whom have also been treated for breast cancer recently.
TV journalist and author Tom Brokaw was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August, according to an NBC News statement released on Feb. 11, 2014. His Mayo Clinic doctors, the statement reads, "are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment."
Hugh Jackman posted this photo to his Instagram account on Nov. 21, 2013 with the message, "Deb [his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness] said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basal cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"
Dr. Drew, host of HLN's "Dr. Drew on Call," revealed Sept. 24, 2013, on the network's site that he had his prostate removed earlier this year after discovering he had cancer in 2011. He wrote that he returned to work 10 days after having a robotic prostatectomy in July 2013.
Radio personality Robin Quivers, longtime Howard Stern sidekick, was diagnosed in 2012 with a cancerous tumor that had grown out of uterine tissue.
At age 75, Dustin Hoffman was "surgically cured" of cancer that was detected early, his rep, Jodi Gottlieb, said Aug. 6, 2013. The Oscar winner will undergo recommended preventative treatments, she added.
Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert, 70, announced on April 2, 2013 via his blog that he was rediagnosed with cancer (he previously battled the disease in his thyroid and salivary glands), and would scale back his movie reviews. He died two days later.
In early March 2013, Valerie Harper, with Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today," revealed to People magazine that she has a rare form of brain cancer. Doctors give her three months to live, she said.
Author Judy Blume attends the L.A. Times Festival of Books at the USC campus in Los Angeles. Blume said Sept. 5 she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer, but is "feeling stronger every day" after surgery.
Musician Levon Helm appears on the "Imus in the Morning" program at New York on Dec. 3, 2007.
Hall of Fame boxer Joe Frazier acknowledges the crowd during a Knicks-Jazz game at Madison Square Garden.
Giuliana Rancic attends the Rachel Zoe Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Rancic says she has early stages of breast cancer. The 37-year-old made the announcement on Oct. 16, 2011 on NBC's "Today" show.
"Dexter"' actor Michael C. Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is currently in remission.
Comedian Wanda Sykes announced on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" that she had cancer in her left breast. Sykes said she had a double mastectomy in August to eliminate her chances of getting breast cancer again.
Actor Michael Douglas revealed in August of 2011 on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that he has throat cancer.
Actor Robert De Niro has battled prostate cancer.
The actress Fran Drescher is a uterine cancer survivor and founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement, an advocacy group.
Sharon Osbourne, wife of the singer Ozzy Osbourne, had colon cancer.
Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John is a breast cancer survivor.
The singer Carly Simon had breast cancer.
Nelson Mandela, humanitarian and former South African president, survived prostate cancer.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a cancer support network, after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The singer Kylie Minogue is a breast cancer survivor.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former presidential candidate, has suffered from skin cancer.
Hoda Kotb, a TV news anchor and co-host on "Today," is a breast cancer survivor.
Peggy Fleming, figure skater and Olympic gold medalist, has battled breast cancer.
Actress and author Suzanne Somers beat breast cancer.
Singer and actor Harry Belafonte is a prostate cancer survivor.
Figure skater Scott Hamilton beat testicular cancer.
Actress Diahann Carroll is a breast cancer survivor.
Gloria Steinem, the feminist and founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a breast cancer survivor.
Singer Melissa Etheridge is a breast cancer survivor.
Actor Richard Roundtree survived breast cancer.
The singer Sheryl Crow is a breast cancer survivor.
Edie Falco has battled breast cancer.
Robin Roberts, the TV news anchor on "Good Morning America," is a breast cancer survivor.
Former secretary of state Gen. Colin Powell was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Actress Christina Applegate is a breast cancer survivor.