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Stars who have beaten cancer

The life of celebrities only seems fabulous and eventful, but none of the public figures, no matter how much wealth, fame and influence they have, are immune to disease. Many stars have passed away due to cancer, but there are also those who have managed to beat the disease, continuing to act in films or perform on stage.

OBOZREVATEL decided to tell about such cases. These artists have become an inspiring example for many fans who have also faced cancer not to give up, but to continue to fight for their lives and health.

Robert de Niro


The winner of two Oscars knows what it's like to fight cancer. In 2003, the star of the cult films The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Intern and others was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. He was 60 years old at the time. Robert de Niro underwent treatment. In 2011, he became a father for the sixth time. It is noteworthy that in 2003, the actor's father died of cancer. The film legend admits that he partially blames himself for his death because he did not insist on more aggressive treatment.

Shannen Doherty


In 2015, the star of the cult TV series Charmed found out that she had breast cancer. The actress underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. For a while, the cancer receded, but in 2020, Doherty announced that she had relapsed and was now in the fourth stage.

Cynthia Nixon


The star of another cult TV series, Sex and the City, repeated the fate of her character Miranda Hobbes. In the story, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and soon the actress herself faced this terrible disease. Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed in 2006. This did not come as a shock to her, as her mother had also fought breast cancer. Both women managed to successfully overcome the disease. And the celebrity is now actively helping women going through similar experiences. She became an ambassador for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ben Stiller


The world-famous actor, who, by the way, actively supports Ukraine and even came to Kyiv during the full-scale war, learned of his terrible diagnosis in 2014. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 48 years old at the time. "It was like a bolt from the blue for me. I was terrified. It stopped everything in my life, because I couldn't plan my film shoot because I didn't know what was going to happen next," Stiller admitted. Fortunately, the cancer was detected in time, so the treatment was very quick and successful. By the way, the actor was treated by the same surgeon as Robert De Niro. He supported his colleague throughout his illness because he knew what it was like.

Christina Applegate


In August 2008, the star of Friends, Married with Children, Dead to Me and other well-known projects announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The actress had to undergo a double mastectomy. Later, she also decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. The actress's mother also survived breast cancer. After her recovery, Applegate opened a fund to raise money to help high-risk patients cover the cost of MRI scans so that they can detect cancer in time. Recently, the celebrity was diagnosed with another disease, multiple sclerosis. Because of this, she decided to retire from cinema.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote about stars who survived clinical death and returned from the other side. The selection includes Sharon Stone, Demi Lovato, Zac Efron and others. Read more in our material.

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