Kathy Griffin’s lung cancer surgery was a success!
The comedian’s agent confirmed to People that she is in recovery. “She is now out of surgery and everything went well, per her doctor,” they said in a statement. The procedure was to take out a portion of her left lung.
Her cancer diagnosis came as quite a shock to her fans. She revealed that she had stage 1 lung cancer just prior to her surgery on August 2. She took to Instagram to speak about her health and reveal what she’s been going through.
“Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked,” she wrote. According to Mayo Clinic, smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke primarily causes this type of cancer though in some cases there may be no clear cause. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.
“The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung,” she shared. “Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running as usual in a month or less.”
“It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine,” she continued.
Additionally, Kathy Griffin clarified that she is fully COVID-19 vaccinated. “The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious,” she added. “Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’ll save your life.”
Kathy Griffin’s COVID Scare and Sit Down Interview
In March 2020 Griffin was sent to the COVID-19 isolation ward after exhibiting symptoms. Due to the CDC’s guidelines at the time, she couldn’t get tested. She later recovered from the “painful” symptoms.
Furthermore, on Monday night, Kathy Griffin will be interviewed by Juju Chang on ABC. She will discuss her cancer diagnosis, recent health scare, mental health, sobriety, addiction to pills, among other topics. This will air at 11:35 PM CT, tonight.
In a preview of their feature, Griffin admitted that she is still processing her diagnosis. At the time of filming, she revealed in the clip that she was just diagnosed just two weeks ago.
“As a friend of mine had said, ‘How many kicks in the nuts can you take?”” she questioned. “My nuts are pretty strong, but it’s a challenge. I was definitely in shock. I’m still a little bit in shock — not denial, but once a day I’ll just turn to like, nobody next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this s—? Is this a b—- or what?'”