15 Celebrities Who Beat Cancer

Entertainment | By Cole Damon | February 6, 2018

On-screen, celebrities play dramatic roles and you find yourself awestruck as you watch them move around gracefully. But little do you know about what goes on behind the scenes. Have you ever thought about what goes on in the lives of the celebrities that you so very much look up to? Ever thought about if they're just as badass in real life as they are on TV? Well, take a look below at the X famous celebrities who literally kicked cancer in the ass and proved that they really are badass:

Runnin' From Robert De Niro

Nothing can defeat the Great Godfather, not even cancer! De Niro suffered from Prostate Cancer. Diagnosed in 2003 at the age of 60, the tough role player kicked cancer's ass so hard cancer literally ran away from him. As of now, aged 73 and completely cancer free, De Niro is kicking some butts and you can clearly see that in his upcoming movie The Irishman.

Whew, Hugh Jackman

As if the Wolverine's sharp blades weren't enough to scare away the enemies, one of the fools we call cancer decided to combat against Jackman. And the outcome? Well, just like every other battle, Hugh Jackman, aged 48, is still en-route to winning the battle against skin cancer. And by the looks of it, the odds are in his favor.

Kathy Bates can't be defeated

Misery's main lead, Katy Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the later quarter of 2003. Like a Knight, she chose to keep her war private and fought ceaselessly until she kicked cancer out and in the ass. Katy Bates confessed about her disease back in 2009 and ever since, she has remained healthy and well.

And, Christina Applegate

You might have known her for her mean-girl roles in movies like Bad Moms but the Hollywood sweetheart, Christina Applegate had it tough. Around the age of 36, she learned about her breast cancer when she was recommended to get an MRI. But the badass- definitely not a Bad Mom, got a double mastectomy and kicked cancer right in the ass!

Lance Armstrong redefining strength

The Armstrong Life's main hero redefined the very essence of strength when he discovered his testicular cancer back in the October of 1996. After a yearlong of chemo-therapy, he was finally claimed to be entirely cancer-free. Soon after, Lance Armstrong initiated his invigorating "Livestrong" campaign, a cancer awareness program and helps more victims fight their battles.

No Marks for Mark Ruffalo

The Hulk's hype brought Mark Ruffalo under the limelight but what caught the media's attention was his Brian Cancer diagnosis back in 2001. After getting an MRI done, Ruffalo discovered a golf-ball sized lump behind his left ear. However, after a rigorous treatment, today Ruffalo is free of any remaining cancer marks and is on his way to being a superhero for many.

Olivia Newton-John, a new woman

Known for sharing an undeniable chemistry with John Travolta on-screen, Olivia Newton-John underwent some serious crisis behind the scenes. Back in 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer that startled her and her family. But being the kickass she is, she combated the disease with all her might and today at the age of 68, she is cancer free and young at heart.

Cynthia Nixon SAYS NO

Back in the beginning of 2006, Sex and the City's Miranda, Cynthia Nixon discovered the fact that she was in fact a victim of breast cancer. For the longest of times, she kept this war within her chest, fighting in silence and only after she kicked cancer's ass out of her system did she come out on the Good Morning America show.

Sharon Osbourne obscuring cancer

One of Hollywood's favorite TV hosts, Sharon Osbourne is known for her charismatic personality. But this celebrity too struggled with some life-changing events when she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. After having a one-foot section of her colon removed, today, the red-haired beauty is cancer free and kickin' it.

Giuliana Rancic growing better

Spreading bright smiles with her magnetic personality on TV in her "The Today Show," Giuliana Rancic too discovered a disease within her body in the fall of 2011. The celebrity host went through a double mastectomy after her cancer cells in her body couldn't be removed. But being the firm, steadfast person she is, she stuck by the battle against the disease and put an end to it with a victorious smile.

Fran Drescher flinging it

The Nanny's TV star, Fran Drescher was diagnosed with uterine cancer back in the early 2000's when she had almost been suffering from the disease for almost two years. Yet, brave-hearted star flung off the cancer quite artfully after bravely undergoing radical hysterectomy and as of to this date, she has remained cancer free for over a decade.

Cybill Shepherd the brightest in the flock

Teenage years can cost you more than you think and Cybill Shepherd is one suck amongst the young flock you understands that better than anyone else. As a young teenager, Cybill Shepherd sun bathed more often than not. Years later, back in 2002, she was diagnosed with skin cancer known as melanoma. Although now clean and cancer free for several years, Cybill takes it as a moral duty to advocate for skin cancer awareness.

Melissa Etheridge can't be messed with

The well known celebrity star, Melissa Etheridge learned about having breast cancer in the mid of 2004. In the early-to-middle stages of the disease, the star underwent chemotherapy and emerged completely recovered from the disease. In Janis Jolphin's Grammy's performance of "Piece of My Heart" the now bald star appeared publicly for the first time.

Suzanne Somers' struggle story

Suzanne Somers stood by her motto of natural cure and said no to chemotherapy when she was discovered with breast cancer at a particular point in her life. Suzanne opted for radiation, surgery, and natural and holistic treatments. Today, she has long been done and dusted with cancer.

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger

Remember Mr. West's famous saying, "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger!" Don't let yourself down by losing hope when there is so much to look forward to in life. It's okay if you struggle with something as severe as these celebrities did but instead of just looking at their glamorous lifestyles, take inspiration from their strength and integrity and emerge as a new, stronger and more hopeful person who won't let anything in the world ever let them down!



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