6 Famous Celebrity Cancer Survivors

Cancer assumes several forms and has won over the lives of many people across the world. However, there are several survivors who have emerged victorious in the battle of life and death. It requires immense determination, patience and support and those who have survived understand the hardships faced by the victim and hence work towards the common cause of helping other victims emerge successful. Celebrities, who have won the battle of cancer, have become all the more popular and have in their own ways contributed towards winning over the illness effectively. Here’s a list of some of the most famous cancer survivors.

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

1. Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong, the world famous road racing cyclist, who broke several international records did so after successfully winning over advanced testicular cancer that affected his brain and lungs. Several months of determination and patience gave him the strength to come through successfully and his tremendous passion for the sport won him myriad awards and recognition. He has started the LIVESTRONG Foundation and helps cancer victims in his own way.


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Olivia Newton John

Olivia Newton John

2. Olivia Newton John

She is amongst the many woman celebrities who had to battle with breast cancer. Diagnosed with the life threatening disease in 1992, Olivia emerged successful and since then has contributed to efforts in empowering women cancer victims and donates magnanimously to breast cancer foundations.


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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

3. Nelson Mandela

This Nobel Peace Prize winner did not just have to battle with the cause of apartheid and imprisonment but also had to deal with microscopic prostate cancer in the year 2001. A 7-week radiation therapy helped him fight cancer.


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Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

4. Kylie Minogue

Kylie is an Australian pop singer blessed with a beautiful voice. In 2005, the singer was diagnosed with breast cancer and instantly went into remission. She fought for over 18 months and her intensive publicity stunts on the illness helped millions of women detect the illness at a very nascent stage.


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Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher

5. Fran Drescher

This multitalented American television and film actress, producer, director, comedian, singer, talk show host and screenwriter was subjected to misdiagnosis for 2 years before beginning to undergo treatment for uterine cancer in 2000. Radical hysterectomy treated her condition and Fran was vociferous about her illness in the book ‘Cancer Schmancer’ that helped to develop cancer consciousness in women and men.


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Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

6. Cynthia Nixon

Her battle against breast cancer from 2006 made Cynthia a stronger woman and she now serves as an Ambassador for the Cure which is a New York based cancer charity institute.


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  • Lance Armstrong
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Fran Drescher
  • Cynthia Nixon

Several incidents of cancer battles are being reported across the world. The number continues to increase. However, help in the form of financial consideration, raising awareness and emotional support are being rendered by cancer survivors internationally.

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