Kathy Griffin has lung cancer despite having “never” smoked and will have half of her left lung removed after surgery. The comedian shared the news in a lengthy statement on social media on Monday morning, stating that the disease is stage 1 and “contained.”
“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked! The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung,” she began her letter on social media.
Griffin, 60, expressed hope that she will not require chemotherapy or radiation treatment following the surgery and that she “should have a normal function with my breathing.”
“I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less,” she added.
The former “Fashion Police” star assured fans that she’ll be “just fine” and ended her note by encouraging readers to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
She continued, “Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical checkups. It’ll save your life.”
Kathy Griffin was admitted to the hospital in March 2020, only days after her 99-year-old mother died, with “unbearably painful” Covid-like symptoms, but due to constraints at the time, she was unable to be tested for the virus.
Griffin confesses she was startled when she received the news approximately two weeks ago in an interview with “Nightline,” which will air Monday night.
“I was definitely in shock. I’m still a little bit in shock not denial but I still like once a day I’ll just turn to like nobody next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this s–t? Is this a bitch or what?’” she says.