(RoyalPatriot.com )- Three months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, actress and activist Jane Fonda announced last week that she has gone into remission and would no longer require chemotherapy.
The Oscar-winning actress, who turned 85 on Wednesday, shared the news in a blog post last Thursday, announcing that her oncologist told her the cancer was in remission and she could discontinue chemotherapy and calling it the best birthday present ever.
Fonda wrote in her post that she was certain the good wishes and prayers she received “played a role in the good news.”
According to Fonda, the first four chemo treatments had been “rather easy,” but the most recent was “rough,” lasting for two weeks.
Fonda, who previously said she would not let her diagnosis “interfere” with her “climate activism,” said the side effects from her most recent chemo treatment cleared up just in time for her to attend a rally in Washington, do some lobbying efforts, and fulfill her speaking engagements with the Democracy Alliance.
Fonda first revealed her cancer diagnosis in a social media post in September.
At the time of her diagnosis, Fonda wrote that she views cancer as a teacher and she planned to “pay attention to the lessons it holds for me.” She said already she learned the importance of “growing and deepening one’s community” so she is not alone. She said getting cancer at her age “definitely teaches the importance of adapting to new realities.”
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.
According to the American Cancer Society, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is among the most common cancers in the United States. The most common age of diagnosis is between 65 and 75 years old, with a 71 percent five-year survival rate in the United States.