Jane Fonda announced on social media Friday she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky,” she wrote.
“I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I am privileged in this. Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I am receiving and this is not right.”
The 85-year-old Oscar winner said she started chemotherapy and will continue treatments for six months. A well-known climate and political activist, Fonda also noted she will continue her activism during her treatments.
“We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can, using every tool in my toolbox and that very much includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective strength to make change,” she said.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to the CDC, is a cancer that spreads “through the lymphatic system in “a non-orderly manner.”