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Jane Fonda has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Photo: Reuters

Veteran Hollywood actor Jane Fonda diagnosed with ‘treatable’ cancer

  • ‘I’ve … started chemo treatments’, she wrote on Instagram, adding that she is ‘lucky to have health insurance and access to the best doctors’
  • The Oscar-winning actor and star of long-running Netflix hit Grace and Frankie, is an avowed environmentalist and social campaigner

US actress and activist Jane Fonda announced Friday that she has cancer, and has begun chemotherapy.

The 84-year-old Oscar winner, a prominent supporter of the Democratic Party vowed to fight the “very treatable” illness.

“I’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and have started chemo treatments”, she wrote on her verified Instagram account.

“This is a very treatable cancer. 80 per cent of people survive, so I feel very lucky. I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments.”

Fonda, an avowed environmentalist and social campaigner, said her position was more fortunate than that of many others in her situation.

“Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer at one time or another and far too many do not have access to the quality healthcare I am receiving and this is not right.”

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Fonda first appeared on screen in 1960, and scored Academy Awards for best actress for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978). She has scored five other Oscar nominations in her career, four of them for best actress.

Fonda continues to work, and appears as the voice of an elegant dragon who is the CEO of a luck-making operation in the Apple TV+ animation Luck. She also stars in the popular, long-running Netflix hit Grace and Frankie.

Born on December 21, 1937, to actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Seymour, Jane Fonda grew up in the halcyon days of Hollywood, where the likes of stars such as Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne were among her circle of family friends.

Additional reporting SCMP