From the death of comedian Louie Anderson after he was hospitalized for cancer treatment to former world No.1 tennis player Chris Evert’s ovarian cancer diagnosis, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.
Louie Anderson, former “Family Feud” host and “Coming to America” star, died after being hospitalized for lymphoma treatment.
Comedian Louie Anderson, known for his role as the host of “Family Feud,” died this week after being hospitalized to undergo cancer treatment.
Anderson, who was 68, was previously diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma — the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
He was being treated at a Las Vegas hospital at the time of his death, according to Glenn Schwartz, a representative for Anderson.
Friends and fans of Anderson have begun paying tribute to him on social media. Just before the news of his death, actor Pauly Shore shared wrote, “I say this with a heavy heart just left the hospital in Las Vegas where Louie Anderson his sisters and close friend were kind enough to let me say my goodbyes he’s still with us but keep him in your prayers.”
The comedian had previously shared his plan to prioritize his health. In past interviews, he’d shared that growing up in an underprivileged home with 10 siblings and an alcoholic father led him to using food as a form of protection.
“I took it very serious. I got a trainer. I worked out. I swam. This has been a lifelong struggle for me: food addiction,” he told Daily Blast Live. “I learned a lot and feel good. I’m no longer compulsively eating like I was and that was the big thing for me.”
Anderson previously underwent two heart surgeries in 2003 for a heart condition.
Tennis star Chris Evert shared the news of her ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Christine Evert — better known as Chris — is a former world No. 1 tennis player and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion known for her impressive sports career.
Recently, Evert shared the news that she has been diagnosed with stage 1c ovarian cancer, the same disease that her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died from.
"I can't talk right now, but the pathology report came back today and revealed I have a malignant tumor in my fallopian tube; going in for more surgery next week then chemo,” Evert wrote in a text message on Dec. 7 to her friend, ESPN journalist Chris McKendry.
After taking time to process the diagnosis and recover from two surgeries in private, she made the decision to share her story with the world this week, prior to beginning six rounds of chemotherapy.
"I've lived a very charmed life,” she said. “Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back."
Evert’s sister was also a former professional tennis player. She died at age 62 in February 2020 as a result of her cancer. In October 2017, Dubin and Evert had been running through an airport trying to catch their flight to the WTA finals in Singapore. Evert quickly realized Dubin was out of breath and having difficulty keeping up with her.
"True to Jeanne's personality and like many other women, Jeanne was busy taking care of everyone else," Evert said.
After seeing the doctor, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
"When I go into chemo, she is my inspiration," Evert said. "I'll be thinking of her. And she'll get me through it."
Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, completed chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s wife, Casey, has officially completed chemotherapy. In a press conference this week, the governor announced the positive news.
“She’s doing well, and we look forward to continue to have good news over the ensuing weeks and months,” DeSantis said. “It’s not the most fun thing to see someone go through, but at the end of the day, she’s fought really hard. We think she’s responded very well.”
After sharing her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2021, DeSantis urged that people should use it as a lesson to take screenings seriously.
DeSantis is a former producer and Emmy award-winning television show host and was diagnosed at the age of 41. Two weeks post-diagnosis, she said “I am sure as hell not giving up,” during an event.
Sidney Poitier’s death was revealed to have been related to prostate cancer.
Actor Sidney Poitier died at age 94 earlier this month, and his cause of death was recently revealed to have been from a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer.
The information, which was stated in a death certificate issued by Los Angeles County, was accompanied by a note that Poitier’s acting career spanned 76 years.
Poitier was was the first Black man to win an Academy Award for best actor in 1963, which he was awarded for his role in “Lilies of the Field.” His prolific career also included films like “No Way Out,” “A Patch of Blue,” “To Sir, With Love,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
Poitier also received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Golden Globe awards as well as the lifetime achievement honor and a Grammy for narrating his autobiography.
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