Celebrity cancer patients, survivors
A gallery of cancer patients and survivors, from Gen. Colin Powell to Melissa Etheridge.
Robin Roberts(Credit: Getty Images)
On Sept. 19, 2007, Robin Roberts, a co-anchor of ABC Network news program "Good Morning America," announced on the air that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and would be undergoing chemotherapy treatment, followed by radiation treatment. She survived the breast cancer, but in June 2012 she then publicized that she was again diagnosed with cancer, a different type known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disorder that affects the blood and bone marrow; to combat the MDS, Roberts received a bone marrow transplant harvested from her sister.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen before a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 02: Actor Richard Roundtree attends BET Networks 2013 Los Angeles Upfront at Montage Beverly Hills on April 2, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. He survived breast cancer. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 03: Television host Sharon Osbourne attends the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala "Love to Erase MS" at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 3, 2013 in Century City, California. She had colon cancer. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actor Robert De Niro attends the 2013 Actors Fund's Annual Gala honoring Robert De Niro at The New York Marriott Marquis on April 29, 2013 in New York City. He battled prostate cancer. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Harry Belafonte at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. April 24, 2013)
Christina Applegate(Credit: Getty Images)
Actress Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at age 36 . The former star of sitcom "Married, With Children" and films such as "Anchorman" (2004) and "The Sweetest Thing" (2002) underwent a bilateral mastectomy as part of her treatment; Applegate has since founded Right Action for Women, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help women find information about cancer and screening tests.
Edie Falco(Credit: Getty Images)
Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 while playing Carmela on the HBO networks mafia drama "The Sopranos." She kept her health analysis private, underwent chemotherapy and revealed her diagnosis in 2004 after the treatment was completed.
Sheryl Crow(Credit: Getty Images)
Rock musician Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in her left breast in 2006, and received treatment that included a lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery) in February 2006, followed by seven weeks of radiation therapy.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actress Cynthia Nixon attends the 28th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at NYU Skirball Center on May 5, 2013 in New York City. She is a breast cancer survivor. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
APRIL 22: Actors Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas attend The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th Chaplin Award Gala supported by Grey Goose vodka at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on April 22, 2013 in New York City. Douglas has throat cancer. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE)
Gloria Steinem(Credit: Newsday / Alan Raia)
Gloria Steinem, a journalist and activist, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 1986; her treatment included a lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery) and radiation therapy.
Diahann Carroll(Credit: Getty Images)
Actress Diahann Carroll, most famously appearing in TV programs such as "Dynasty" and "Julia," was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, and underwent a lumpectomy followed by radiation treatments to combat the disorder.
Peggy Fleming(Credit: Getty Images)
Peggy Fleming, figure skater and Olympic gold medalist, found a lump in her breast in January 1998, and further examination revealed the growth to be a small but malignant early-stage tumor. Due to the early diagnosis, Fleming avoided chemotherapy, but did receive a lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery) and six weeks of radiation.
Hoda Kotb(Credit: Getty Images)
Television personality and co-host of the NBC network morning news program the "Today" show Hoda Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007, and received a mastectomy, but was able to avoid chemotherapy due to the early discovery of the tumor.
Sen. John McCain(Credit: Getty Images)
U.S. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with melanoma (skin cancer) in 1993, and again in 2000. In both cases, the melanoma was excised; lymph nodes were also removed during the 2000 procedure as a precautionary measure.
Kylie Minogue(Credit: Getty Images)
Pop singer Kylie Minogue announced in May 2005 that she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, and received surgery and chemotherapy as part of her treatment.
Lance Armstrong(Credit: Getty Images)
Lance Armstrong, former professional cyclist, was found to have an advanced and aggressive form of testicular cancer (in October 1996) that had then spread into his lungs, lymph nodes and brain. Armstrong's treatment included an operation to remove a testicle and a second surgical procedure to excise two cancerous lesions from his brain, then received chemotherapy as further rehabilitation.
Nelson Mandela(Credit: Getty Images)
The late Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), a former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was revealed to be undergoing treatment for prostate cancer in July 2001. Mandela received hormonal treatment and radiation therapy, but didn't require chemotherapy or any surgeries.
Actress and Grammy Award-winning singer Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She underwent a procedure that involved a radical mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy as part of her medical treatment.
Fran Drescher(Credit: Getty Images)
Actress Fran Drescher, best known as the star of the CBS networks sitcom "The Nanny," was diagnosed with early-stage adenocarcinoma (uterine cancer) in 2000, following a two-year process during which her physical symptoms were originally misdiagnosed as menopause-related by several physicians. Drescher underwent an immediate radical hysterectomy as treatment, and two years later wrote the book "Cancer Schmancer" (2002), which documents her experience and offers cancer education.
Drescher has since founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement advocacy group, and serves as its president.
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 23: Movie Critic Roger Ebert gestures as he is honored with the 2,288th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame June 23, 2005 in Hollywood, California. He battled thyroid and salivary glad cancer, but ultimately succumbed to his illness on April 4, 2013. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 10: Actress Valerie Harper attends Kinetic Content's 2nd Annual Anniversary and Celebration of Betty White's "Off Their Rockers" at the Viceroy Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Harper has a rare form of brain cancer. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Kinetic Content)
Wanda Sykes(Credit: Getty Images)
Comedian Wanda Sykes elected to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in August 2011 following her February 2011 breast reduction surgery, during which she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an extremely early-stage form of breast cancer.