The Oscar-winning actress and activist Jane Fonda announced Friday she has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Fonda, 84, said on Instagram that she has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, noting that it’s “a very treatable cancer.”
Fonda said she has to undergo six months of chemotherapy, a treatment she is handling “quite well,” and vowed her illness won’t “interfere with my climate activism.”
“We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can,” said Fonda.
Non-hodgkin’s lymphoma attacks the lymphatic system, according to the Mayo Clinic. There are several different types of the disease, and Fonda did not specify which she has. It’s more common in people over the age of 60, though it can occur at any age. The actress told the British edition of Vogue in 2019, “I’ve had a lot of cancer,” discussing treatment for skin cancer and her 2016 mastectomy. Fonda has shown no signs of slowing down in the past few months. The series finale of her Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie aired in April. In February, it was announced that Fonda, her Grace and Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin, Sally Fields and Rita Moreno will star in a buddy comedy called 80 For Brady. The movie tells the story of a group of friends who travel to see Tom Brady play in the 2017 Super Bowl, and Brady will appear as himself in the film. In April, the fitness pioneer became the face of H&M’s movewear line. She also spent two months in Italy filming Book Club 2.