Jane Fonda announces cancer in remission

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda announced on Thursday that her cancer is in remission and she can stop chemotherapy treatments.

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Fonda, who celebrates her 85th birthday on Wednesday, announced in September that she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On Thursday, the “Grace and Frankie” star announced on her website that the news her cancer was in remission was the “best birthday present ever,” Entertainment Tonight reported.

“Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo. I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate,” the longtime activist wrote on her website and in an Instagram post. “I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way. I am confident that it played a role in the good news. I’m especially happy because while my first four chemo treatments were rather easy for me, only a few days of being tired, the last chemo session was rough and lasted two weeks making it hard to accomplish much of anything.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, in which white blood cells cause tumors throughout the body. Treatment can involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted drug therapy, immune cell engineering, a bone-marrow transplant and immunotherapy.

Fonda has been nominated for seven Academy Awards. She won her first statuette for best actress for her role in the 1971 film “Klute,” and took home a second Oscar for best actress in the Vietnam War drama “Coming Home” in 1978.

Fonda also was nominated for best actress for “Julia,” “The China Syndrome” and “The Morning After.” She was also nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “On Golden Pond,” which starred her father, actor Henry Fonda.

Fonda’s activism dates to the 1960s, when her anti-Vietnam stance caused a divide in the country, NBC News reported. Recently, Fonda has focused on climate change and environmentalism, according to the news outlet.