35 Celebrities Who Survived Cancer

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By HealthVersed

We still haven’t cured cancer. The disease is particularly tricky to treat owing to the nature of the condition. But many of your favorite celebrities have survived cancer. You can learn about cancer survivors with a search online.

Science is catching up. With the most modern methods of treatment, we are now able to stop the growth of some tumors and even remove cancerous cells altogether. These 35 celebrities are some of the best examples of how modern treatment can work.

Rod Stewart

Stewart suffered from Thyroid Cancer, which was noticed during a routine CAT scan in the year 2000.

Sharon Osbourne

Osbourne was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, which was cured after she had a one-foot part of her colon removed.

Kathy Bates

The American Horror Story star beat ovarian cancer in 2003, and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, she decided to have a double mastectomy.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow was told she had cancer around 2007, and she had both breast and brain tumors to deal with. She gets regular MRIs to ensure she’s still fine.

Giuliana Rancic

Rancic experienced breast cancer and announced it in October 2011 on The Today Show. After a double mastectomy, her cancer was removed.

Mr. T

Mr. T, in 1995, discovered a tumor when he was removing one of his diamond earrings.

Wanda Sykes

During a breast reduction operation, Wanda Sykes was informed that she had early breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, Sykes was cured.

Tom Green

Green aired The Tom Green Cancer Special on MTV in the year 2000, where he discussed his experience with testicular cancer.

Michael C. Hall

In 2010, Hall announced that he was battling cancer. At that time, the cancer was in remission, and he has been working and free of cancer since.

Drew Pinsky

Dr Pinsky in 2011 came home from a trip to the Caribbean feeling sick, and it was later discovered it was caused by prostate cancer, not a tropical condition.

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong, one of the fittest men of all time, suffered testicular cancer in 1996 and was free of all tumors in 1997.

Edie Falco

Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer during her time on The Sopranos. She was 40 at the time but has since had all cancer removed.

Hugh Jackman

Jackman discovered skin cancer in his nose in 2013. Since then, he’s had surgery and gets checked every three months.

Christina Applegate

In 2008, Christina Applegate made her breast cancer struggle public. She got the cancer from the BRCA1 gene mutation and chose to solve it with a double mastectomy.

Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo suffered from a brain tumor, which he noticed in 2001 after having a dream he had a tumor. Creepy! He had surgery to remove it, which was successful.

Angelina Jolie

In 2015, Angelina underwent tests that showed early signs of ovarian cancer. Although the disease never fully manifested, she underwent preventative surgery to remove her ovaries.

Cynthia Nixon

Nixon, of Sex and the City fame, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Since the cancer has gone, she has become a Susan G Komen ambassador.

Robert DeNiro

In 2003, DeNiro was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he paid a regular visit to his doctor. He has since recovered fully thanks to it being detected quickly.

Olivia Newton-John

Diagnosed with breast cancer way back in 1992, Newton-John has since undergone effective treatment and is now an advocate for research for a cure.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is another breast cancer survivor who was vocal about her experiences on her blog.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue, the Australian-born actress, record producer and singer, is a breast cancer survivor.

Robin Roberts

Alabama-born Robin Roberts, of Good Morning America fame, is a breast cancer survivor.

Rue McClanahan

Remember Rue McClanahan from Golden Girls? Well, the actress, who died in 2010 from a brain hemorrhage, survived breast cancer after treatment in 1997.

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem, the notorious feminist activist and journalist, is a breast cancer survivor.

Elizabeth Taylor

Renowned model and actress Elizabeth Taylor underwent radiation therapy for her skin cancer back in 2002.

Ann Romney

Ann Romney, wife of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, had a lumpectomy in 2008 and survived breast cancer.

Melissa Etheridge

Film score composer and musician Melissa Etheridge says that when she overcame breast cancer, she wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.

Suzanne Somers

Actress, writer and singer Suzanne Somers survived breast cancer and chose to use alternative treatment as she was recovering.

Nancy Reagan

The classy first lady, Nancy Reagan, was treated for breast cancer way back in 1987 and recovered.

Hoda Kotb

Kotb is another breast cancer survivor, and during her experience, she documented the illness on The Today Show.

Maura Tierney

Actress Maura Tierney is another breast cancer survivor who has used her recovery to help her promote awareness.


The singer who only needs one name was a breast cancer sufferer who underwent a double mastectomy to solve the problem.

Richard Roundtree

Breast cancer can affect men, too, and this Shaft actor was one unlucky sufferer. He survived the condition, though!

Julia Child

Before passing away at the old age of 91, Julia Child had survived breast cancer.

Betsey Johnson

Quirky fashion designer Betsey Johnson survived breast cancer and thinks a positive attitude goes a long way in recovery.