Newton-John then decided that it was better for her mental health if her doctors did not tell her exactly how long she had left to live, as she'd chosen to put her efforts into cancer research.
In November last year, Grease actress Olivia Newton-John shared the devastating news that her cancer had relapsed, for the third time. Now, the 70-year-old star had admitted that she doesn't know how long she's got to live. Her breast cancer is Stage 4, and the chances of that being cured are slim, according to Mirror Online. In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes, she said, "When you're given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis, you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit. If you believe the statistics, you're going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, 'you have six months to live', very possibly you will - because you believe that."
Newton-John then decided that it was better for her mental health if her doctors did not tell her exactly how long she had left to live, as she'd chosen to put her efforts into cancer research. "I'm so lucky that I've been through this three times and I'm still here. I'm living with it," Newton-John told Liz Hayes. "Every day is a gift now, particularly now." When rumors of her death started to spread, she was forced to put an end to it, and Newton-John reveals she looks at death as "a long way away".
Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She beat cancer initially after a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction. She thought that was it, but after almost two decades, in 2013, it came back again, and she started treatment for it again. Then again, in May 2017, her cancer came back, for the third time. The diagnosis her doctors gave her was devastating.
Her cancer was now stage 4 and had metastasized and spread to her bones. Soon after, she was admitted to her own hospital with a broken sacrum. This happened when she was in Australia, supporting her annual walk, raising funds for the Olivia Newton-John Wellness and Cancer Centre in Melbourne. "I had moments where I was concerned I may not walk again," she told Hayes. "But I was determined that I would… now I'm back to full force again."
To treat her illness, Newton-John is using a combination of conventional and alternative remedies, including Amazonian herbs and cannabis grown for her by her husband John Easterling. She states that medical marijuana has helped her in several ways, including sleep, anxiety and pain management, adding that it's been a key component of her cancer treatment. Newton-John did not get a chance to spend much of her precious time with her family and friends at home in California.
Instead, she had to fall right back into track of her fast-paced and busy lifestyle of performing. "My body stopped me in my tracks and said… you can't move. Now you're going to have to look at everything and decide what you want to do," she told Hayes. "I'm loving being at home and supporting John… I have things going on but not live performances, so it's a really lovely time."