Jane Fonda hailed the ‘best birthday present ever’ by announcing her cancer was in remission and she could quit chemotherapy.
The Oscar-winning actress, 84, said she felt “so blessed and lucky” and thanked those who sent her prayers and well wishes.
It comes just over three months after Fonda revealed she had started treatment, after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
But writing in a blog post on Thursday, titled ‘best birthday present ever’, she wrote: “Last week my oncologist told me my cancer was in remission and I could stop the chemo .
“I feel so blessed, so lucky. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts to me. I’m sure that played a part in the good news.
She continued, “I’m especially happy because while my first four chemo treatments were pretty easy for me, only a few days of fatigue, the last chemo session was tough and lasted two weeks, which made me feel better. made it difficult to accomplish anything.”
Fonda, a longtime activist, turns 85 on December 21.
She used the news of her diagnosis in September to raise the issue of the number of Americans “not having access to quality health care” due to insurance issues, as well as to discuss the effects that fossil fuels can affect people’s health.
Sharing an image of herself on Instagram at the time, she wrote: “So dear friends, I have something personal I want to share. I have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I started chemotherapy treatments.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky.
“I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and I have access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I’m privileged in this.
“Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many people don’t have access to the quality health care I get, and that’s not fair.”
During a distinguished career in Hollywood, Fonda won two Oscars, two Baftas and seven Golden Globes.
Her films include 1971’s Klute, 2005’s Monster In Law alongside Jennifer Lopez, 1978’s Coming Home and she recently starred with Lily Tomlin in the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
She is also known as much for her activism as her film career, and earlier this year she launched a special campaign group, named the Jane Fonda Political Action Committee, which aims to defeat politicians who support the continued use of fossil fuels.