Kathy Griffin reveals lung cancer diagnosis, surgery, informs fans she should be back to usual in ‘month or less’

Comedian Kathy Griffin, who gained fame for her hatred and obsession with former President Trump, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer even though she has “never” smoked and will now undergo surgery to remove half of her left lung.

Griffin, 60, made the announcement on Monday morning via social media, claiming her cancer is stage 1 and is “contained.”

“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed,” she said in a posted letter. “Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked! The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung.”

The comedian is reportedly hopeful that she won’t need radiation treatment or chemotherapy following the surgery. She contended she “should have normal function with my breathing.”

“I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less,” Griffin asserted. “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 said seemingly referencing backlash that followed a photoshoot she did holding a fake, bloody head that resembled Trump.

She encouraged her readers to get vaccinated for COVID-19. “Of course I am fully vaccinated for COVID,” she stated. COVID and cancer are not linked and therefore connecting the two seems disingenuous and confusing.

“The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’ll save your life,” Griffin added.

It’s unclear which of the two primary types of lung cancer Griffin has been diagnosed with. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of cancer found in 80-85% of cases, while small cell lung cancer is rarer and spreads faster, according to the American Cancer Society. Fifty-six percent of those whose lung cancer is caught before it spreads to other parts of the body live five years or longer after diagnosis.

Griffin was previously hospitalized in March of 2020, just a few days after her 99-year-old mother passed away with what she claimed were “unbearably painful” COVID-like symptoms. She was not tested for the virus due to so-called restrictions at the time but claimed she was infected nonetheless.

In July of 2017, the comedian also shaved her head in honor of her sister Joyce who was having her own battle with cancer at the time. Her sister passed away that September. Griffin also lost her brother Gary to cancer back in 2014.

While giving an interview with “Nightline” scheduled for viewing on Monday night, Griffin stated that she was shocked when she received the diagnosis approximately two weeks ago.

(Video Credit: ABC News)

“I was definitely in shock,” she declared. “I’m still a little bit in shock — not denial — but I still like once a day I’ll just turn to like nobody next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this s–t? Is this a bitch or what?’”

Griffin also reportedly shared in the interview her mental health struggles, her past addiction to pills, her newfound sobriety, and an attempt to commit suicide.


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