Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin has revealed that she will be undergoing surgery after the lung cancer diagnosis.
The 60-year-old said her doctors are optimistic she “should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.”
On Monday, Griffin took to Instagram and Twitter to reveal that her cancer was caught early and has been confined to her left lung, sharing that the doctors will remove half of her left lung.
She wrote, “Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!”
“It’s been a helluva four years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine,” she added. “Please stay up to date on your medical check ups.”
Actress Jane Lynch twitted, “I’m beaming out to you all my love and vibes for good health.”
“Praying for you! So many folks got your back!” wrote comedian Ashley Nicole Black.
In 2017, Griffin faced backlash for taking part in a photoshoot that showed her holding up a fake bloody head resembling the former president Donald Trump, according to The Guardian.
Griffin was fired as host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. She told ABC News the ensuing furor led her to an addiction to painkillers and suicidal thoughts. She said at the time, “The irony is not lost on me that, a little over a year ago, all I wanted to do was die. And now, all I wanna do is live.”
She is also known for the reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which ran between 2005 and 2010.
Griffin’s brother, Gary, died of cancer in 2014, and sister, Joyce, also to cancer in 2017. Her mother, Maggie, died in March 2020 after battling dementia.