Published Apr 14, 2022
Outspoken comedian Kathy Griffin, 61, is taking followers along on her life journey after beating lung cancer, and we’re definitely here for it!
When it comes to cancer, there is no such thing as “oversharing,” as other patients can always benefit from learning what to expect and getting more educated on the disease and its complications. Plus, cancer awareness is always cool.
The Los Angeles-based comic posted about having a procedure called a gastric emptying study, which is a test “to determine the time is takes a meal to move through a person’s stomach,” according to Cleveland Clinic.
“Good morning friends. Today I go to the hospital for a four hour test called a ‘gastric emptying study.’ Don’t you love that name? They give me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich which has radioactive material in it. Did you guys get that???”
She said that her team is monitoring her due to “complications swallowing” after her cancer surgery. “And if Mrs. Kathy’s gonna get back to given the husband a BJ she’s gonna work on her swallowing,” she joked about wanting to get back to oral sex.
“LET ME BE VULGAR, I NEED VULGARITY TO SURVIVE!” She added.
Fellow comedian Rosie O’Donnell commented with “I love u griffin,” while actress Debra Messing wrote “Sending you love and healing!”
The survivor also recently shared that she recently returned to the stage and was a bit “self-conscious” about her whispery voice, that many audience members at the charity event she performed at thought it was part of her schtick at first until she explained what it was from: her surgery. She admitted in the post that she wasn’t sure if she will be back on the touring circuit.
Luckily, the brave entertainer has since announced another gig coming up April 21 as a moderator for Randy Rainbow’s book tour.
Admitting your fears and still pushing forward to combat them—while making us laugh along the way—is about as inspiring as it comes. Thank you, Kathy!
Kathy Griffin was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021 and was just as public about her diagnosis and cancer battle while going through it as she is now. She’s a non-smoker and was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer, which indicates that the cancer hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body.
Symptoms of lung cancer typically include:
Griffin had surgery to treat her disease, which, as she has shared, impacted her voice and her vocal chords. Lung cancer surgery impacts the body in various ways. It may cause fatigue, leaving the patient feeling weak and tired. There’s also the risk of infection after surgery. Signs of infection after lung cancer surgery can include: shivering, feeling nauseous, swelling or redness around the surgical wound, and fluctuating temperature. Speak with your doctor if you experience any of these things.
To get a basic knowledge of this disease, understand that there are two main types of lung cancer. The specific type will chart the course for their treatment plan, as well as the cancer’s predicted progression. In the case of Kathy Griffin, although she never smoked, she was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer and because it was confined to her left lung, she was able to have half of it removed.
Griffin didn’t share what type of lung cancer she has. The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer, which is the most common and makes up about 85% of cases, and then there’s small cell lung cancer, which is less common, but tends to grow faster than non-small cell, and it is treated very differently.
And as previously stated, lung cancer has been directly linked to cigarette smoking and is the number one risk factor for developing this type of cancer.
“If you’re smoking, don’t smoke,” Dr. Joseph Friedberg, head of thoracic surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, previously told SurvivorNet. “You never return down all the way to the (level of) the person who never smoked as far as your risk of lung cancer goes, but it goes down with time.”
But that doesn’t mean you can’t develop lung cancer if you don’t smoke cigarettes, like Griffin. In fact, 20% of people who die from lung cancer in the U.S. each year have never smoked or have never used any other form of tobacco.
We say that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer, regardless if you’ve ever smoked or not.
Contributing by SurvivorNet staff.