Kathy Griffin Reveals She Has Cancer And Will Have Half Of Her Lung Removed In Surgery

Kathy Griffin Reveals She Has Cancer And Will Have Half Of Her Lung Removed In Surgery

The American performer revealed that the prognosis is good but added that half of her left lung will be removed.

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Comedian Kathy Griffin revealed her cancer diagnosis on Monday through her Instagram and Twitter profiles. The American performer revealed that she will be undergoing surgery for lung cancer even though she has never smoked in her life. According to The Guardian, half of her left lung will be removed in the process but her doctors are optimistic that she will be "up and running" in no time since the cancer was diagnosed in its first stage and that it was only found in her left lung.  


"I've got to tell you guys something, I have cancer. I'm about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!" revealed the veteran comic, who eventually became a reality TV star, in the post. "The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully, no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less." Next, the Emmy-winner went on to mention her vaccination status and briefly mention her career struggles. 



"It's been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh, and entertaining you, but I'm gonna be just fine. Of course, I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical checkups. It'll save your life," she continued. The battle with cancer is not something new for Griffin who shaved her head to show support for her sister Joyce back in 2017. But unfortunately, Joyce passed away in September that year. Griffin's brother Gary was previously diagnosed with cancer and succumbed to it in 2014, reports Business Insider.



As for her mother, Maggie Griffin, she passed away in March last year after battling dementia. Shortly after the star disclosed her illness her fans and friends began pouring in words of support. "A major, scary ordeal but they will remove it and you will be just fine. In the meantime I will keep you in my prayers, dear Kathy," wrote actor Mia Farrow on Twitter. Even advocacy group GLAAD said they were "Sending...love and support" for Griffin who has been a longtime supporter of LGBTQ rights. On Monday, the 60-year-old's representative revealed that the surgery "went well and as planned," per NBC News. "Kathy is now in recovery now and resting. Doctors say the procedure was normal without any surprises," added the spokesperson.


Griffin has had a fruitful career and her streak of fame continued when she won the Emmys in 2007 and 2008 for her show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. But in 2017 she received intense backlash for partaking in a photo shoot where she posed with a fake, bloody, decapitated head of the former President Donald Trump. This also prompted CNN to terminate her longtime gig of co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage with network anchor Anderson Cooper. After the short clip went viral on Twitter, Copper shared that he didn't condone the distasteful picture.

"For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate," wrote Cooper. Even Trump responded to it saying that the post had left his children upset. "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!" he wrote according to NBC News. Melania Trump too expressed, "As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing."



"When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it," she continued. Before terminating her, CNN said that they found Griffin's actions "disgusting and offensive." Following the intense criticism, the comedian posted a video apologizing for her actions and admitting that she took things too far. "I sincerely apologize. I'm just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far," she shared. 

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