Kathy Griffin Comes Out of Successful Surgery After Lung Cancer Diagnosis: 'Everything Went Well'
Kathy Griffin is recovering from surgery after revealing her stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis.
The two-time Emmy Award winner, 60, announced Monday morning that part of her left lung had been removed. "She has not had an operation now and everything went well according to her doctor," a Griffin spokesman told PEOPLE.
Griffin had previously posted a statement on social media regarding her diagnosis and path to recovery. "Yes, I have lung cancer even though I never smoked!" Griffin wrote.
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"Doctors are very optimistic as this is stage one and is limited to my left lung," she continued. "Hopefully no chemo or radiation afterwards and I should be functioning normally with my breathing. I should be up and running as usual in a month or less."
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Griffin assured her followers that she would be "just fine" and urged them to stay up to date with their medical exams and get an additional vaccination against COVID-19, which could have made their diagnosis "even more serious." .
"It's been a bloody 4 years getting back to work, making you laugh and entertaining, but I'll be fine," she concluded. "Of course I am fully vaccinated against Covid. The consequences of not being vaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date with your checkups. It will save your life. XXOO, KG"
She faced a health problem last March when she experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the early days of the pandemic. At one point she was admitted to an isolation ward after experiencing "excruciatingly painful" symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, chills and a sore throat.
Actress Suddenly Susan will shed more light on her cancer diagnosis in an interview with co-host Juju Chang, which airs Monday night on ABC News' Nightline (12:35 p.m. ET on ABC). In a clip from the sit-down, she says she was "still a little bit shocked" after hearing the news a few weeks ago.
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"Really, just a few days ago - I think two weeks ago - I was diagnosed with cancer," Griffin said in the clip. "As a friend of mine said, 'How many kicks in the nuts can you take?' My nuts are pretty strong, but it's a challenge. I was definitely shocked. I'm still a little bit shocked - no denying it, but once a day I'll just turn around with no one next to me and leave. ' Can you belive that? Is that a bitch or what? '"
According to ABC, she'll also talk about her mental health journey, pill addiction, attempted suicide, her newfound sobriety, and more.
Griffin has suffered some cancer losses in recent years after her older brother Gary died in 2014 at the age of 63 from a diagnosis of stage 4 esophageal cancer. Her sister Joyce died in 2017 at the age of 65 after chemotherapy. Griffin had shaved his head a few months earlier in solidarity with Joyce.
Comedian Maggie's mother died in March 2020. The year before, in January 2019, Griffin announced that her mother had been diagnosed with dementia.
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