Jane Fonda on cancer, chemo treatments and why she feels very lucky: ‘It’s time we talked not just about the cure, but about the causes’
Jane Fonda was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. In this case, the white blood cells or germ fighters of the body grow abnormally and form tumors in the body. A change or mutation in the DNA of white blood cells is the reason why this form of cancer occurs.
Jane described the cancer as a “very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive…”
Common body signs and symptoms associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include: swollen lymph nodes often found in the neck, armpits or groin, abdominal pain, swelling in the abdomen area, feeling full after eating only a small amount of food, chest pain, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, fever, night sweats, weight loss for no reason, frequent infections and easy bruising.
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According to the American Cancer Society, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases represent 4% of all cancer cases in the United States. It also states that the chance of a man developing this cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 42 and for a woman the risk is about 1 in 52.
The overall 5-year relative survival rate for people with this form of cancer is 73%, according to the American Cancer Society.
“So I feel very lucky”
Along with describing it as a treatable form of cancer, Jane also feels lucky to be the privileged one, she wrote in the post.
“I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and have access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I’m privileged in this,” said- she wrote referring to the lack of facilities for many people and added that “almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many people have not access to the quality health care I receive and that’s not fair.”
On the cause of cancer
The climate activist talked about a very serious topic related to cancer. In the social media post, she wrote that people need to know the cause of cancer and not just the cures.
“We also need to talk a lot more about not just cures but causes so we can eliminate them. For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. The same goes for pesticides, many of which are made from fossil fuels, like mine.,” she wrote.
On his treatment
The climate activist, who is known as much as an Oscar-winning actress as she is a political activist for opposing the Vietnam War, also spoke about her treatment, how she is doing well and how she will continue to work for the climate.
“I’ve been on chemo for 6 months and am managing the treatments quite well and believe me I won’t let any of this interfere with my climate activism,” she wrote.
“Cancer is a teacher”
Cancer survivors are winners! Their will to survive, their strength to endure pain during treatment, and their spirit to motivate others are commendable.
Of her experience with the disease and treatment, Jane says, “Cancer is a teacher and I pay attention to the lessons it holds for me. One thing he has shown me before is the importance of community. To grow and deepen his community so that we are not alone. And cancer, along with my age – almost 85 – definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.
“We are living in the most defining time in human history because what we do or don’t do now will determine what kind of future there is and I will not allow cancer to stop me from doing everything what I can, using every tool in my toolbox and a lot of that includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective strength to bring about change,” he said. she also wrote.
She ended her message by referring to the midterm elections scheduled for November. “The midterm reviews are approaching, and they are beyond the consequences, so you can count on me to be there with you as we grow our army of climate champions,” she wrote and ended. his message.