Kathy Griffin at the Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala 2014 at Beverly Hilton Hotel

Kathy Griffin Gets Candid About Her Shocking Lung Cancer Diagnosis

On Monday, comedian Kathy Griffin shocked the world by announcing her stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis.

In a post on her Instagram account, Griffin revealed that she was going into surgery to have half of her left lung removed.

“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. 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. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less,” wrote Griffin.

Now two days post-surgery, Griffin is giving fans a candid update about her recovery, in a post on Instagram.

“To be honest, this cancer surgery was a little more than I had anticipated. Tonight will be my first night without any narcotic pain killers. Hello Tylenol, my new best friend!” she wrote on Instagram. “The last time I was in a hospital was in June 2020 when I tried to take my own life and overdosed on prescription pills.” Continuing, “With over a year clean and drug free, I now know I can do this and anything I want without those devil pills. Y’know what? I fear drugs and addiction more than I fear cancer. So, I think I’ll be ok.”

Assuring fans that she is on the road to recovery and will just be fine, she also urged everyone to stay up-to-date on all medical checkups and to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“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 concluded. “Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. 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. XXOO, KG”

The actress is sitting down with Nightlines Juju Chang to discuss her cancer diagnosis, mental health journey, addiction to pills, suicide attempt, and her newfound sobriety. In a clip from the interview, Griffin reveals the shock of her cancer diagnosis a few weeks ago.

Photo via Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

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