From Kathy Griffin sharing that she is now cancer free to Michael Bublé discussing his son’s cancer journey, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.
Kathy Griffin shared that she is officially cancer free.
On a recent episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 61-year-old comedian Kathy Griffin shared that she is now cancer-free.
Earlier this year, Griffin announced her lung cancer diagnosis via Twitter. She shared that the cancer was stage 1 and that she’d be receiving surgery to remove it.
Griffin remains vocal about the fact that she has never smoked before, as smoking is a common stigma associated with lung cancer.
"I had surgery, you're not going to believe this — so, I've never smoked but I got lung cancer. In August, I had half of my left lung removed, I'm not even kidding," she told Kimmel. She also explained that her voice was temporarily altered by an intubation tube affecting her vocal cord.
“So now I’m like Minnie Mouse meets Marilyn Monroe.”
Griffin explained that the tumor was removed laparoscopically via a procedure removing half of her lung. The surgery was successful, and she spent several days recovering at home with her four dogs.
Michael Bublé opened up about his son’s cancer experience.
Singer Michael Bublé spoke candidly about how his son’s cancer journey changed his outlook on life.
Bublé’s son, Noah, was diagnosed with liver cancer five years ago at age 3. The 8-year-old has been in remission since 2017.
"Going through what I went through with my son, I really opened myself up to the universe and I never said no. I just kept saying yes," Bublé, 46, told People.
In a previous interview with Australia’s “Today Show,” the singer discussed how his son’s cancer was the “worst possible thing that you could hear as a parent, and as maybe a human being.” He also expressed that he wished many times that he could take his son’s pain away and be the one with cancer instead.
Bublé, who is recognized by many for his successful Christmas album, “Christmas,” also acknowledged how he looks at the holidays differently after his son’s cancer experience.
“When it comes now to this time of the season, we need it more than ever," he said. "There's a lot of darkness out there, and a lot of cynical people, and it's the one time of year where we just sort of drop the veneer of toughness and we let a little bit of sentimentality. Because when we're scared, when we have fear, we lose our greatest attributes: kindness, goodness and the love of humanity,” he said.
Several deodorant aerosol sprays were recalled due to a cancer-causing chemical.
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) announced that it was voluntarily recalling all batches with expiration dates through September 2023 of Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products sold in the United States.
The announcement came after the company had found traces of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in the products. Daily exposure to the levels of benzene detected in these products are not expected to be enough to cause health consequences, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) cancer risk assessments, but age and preexisting medical conditions could also play a role, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As a result of the recall, retailers have been advised to remove these products from their stores. Other Old Spice and Secret products are still considered safe to use, including body spray products, solid sticks, soft solids and gel antiperspirant and deodorant products.
NBA referee Tony Brown returned to work after eight months off due to pancreatic cancer treatment.
Tony Brown, a longtime NBA referee shared that he was cleared to begin working in the replay center for two nights, after having taken time off due to cancer. This decision was made after his family, doctors and the league were in agreement that he was ready to return.
Brown was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year. He took eight months off to undergo 14 rounds of chemotherapy. He still has two more rounds of chemotherapy left, but shared that his doctors are supportive of his return because scans have demonstrated tumor shrinkage.
“I’ve gotten better results than what’s been expected,” Brown said, according to the Denver Post.
His original diagnosis came after what he thought was food poisoning was revealed as cancer in a series of tests. His life had shifted completely within a week’s time, as he quickly began aggressive treatment at Emory University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“I hope it just sends a clear message: just go and get some type of early detection,” Brown said. “It’s worth it, because you just never know. And time is of the essence.”
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