Tripp's Pancreatic Cancer Battle
- Linda Tripp, the civil servant who was a central figure in the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky political sex scandal, passed from pancreatic cancer in April 2020 at age 70.
- FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres tonight, with actress Sarah Paulson portraying Tripp.
- Tripp’s pancreatic cancer battle was brief – less than a week after her diagnosis she passed; this type of cancer is a particularly aggressive one.
Impeachment: American Crime Story chronicles the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton affair of the 1990s, which, in 1998, led to the unfurling of U.S. politics and the near-total downfall of President Bill Clinton. Beanie Feldstein stars as Monica Lewinsky, with Clive Owen – a Brit – portraying the 42nd president.Read More
Actress Sarah Paulson plays Linda Tripp, the civil servant who acted as a whistleblower of sorts during the political sex scandal. Tripp secretly taped conversations she had with Lewinsky, in which the intern detailed her affair with the president.
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Tripp’s Brief Cancer Battle
Linda Tripp passed away at 70 years old in April 2020 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Despite the fact that Tripp had abused the trust of Lewinsky, the former White House intern tweeted her support for Tripp upon hearing the news that she was sick.
Lewinsky wrote on Twitter last year, “No matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.”
no matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.
— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) April 8, 2020
Tripp was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in spring 2020, and less than a week after her diagnosis, she passed away. Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive type of cancer. Tripp first went to the hospital after experiencing stomach pains, reports The Daily Mail.
Pancreatic Cancer Detection
Early detection of pancreatic cancer can mean broader treatment options and, potentially, a better prognosis. In an earlier interview, Dr. Anirban Maitra, the co-leader of the Pancreatic Cancer Moon Shot at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how this disease often manifests.
Dr. Maitra says, “So the pancreas is an organ in your belly. And this is where pancreatic cancer arises. Because the pancreas is inside the abdomen, it often doesn’t have symptoms that would tell you that something is wrong with your pancreas. By the time individuals walk into the clinic with symptoms like jaundice, weight loss, back pain, or diabetes, it’s often very late in the stage of the disease.”
“Each year in the United States, about 53,000 patients get pancreatic cancer,” he says. “And unfortunately, most will die from this disease within a few months to a year or so from the diagnosis. And the reason for that is that most individuals, about 80%, will actually present with what we called advanced disease, which means that the cancer has either spread beyond the pancreas or into other organs like the liver, and so you cannot take it out with surgeries. Only about 20% of individuals will actually be candidates for surgery.”