American actress and activist Jane Fonda announced on Friday that she has cancer and has started chemotherapy in her fight against the disease.
The 84-year-old Oscar winner, a prominent Democratic Party supporter, pledged to fight the “highly treatable” disease.
“I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and started chemotherapy,” she wrote on her verified Instagram account.
“This is a very treatable cancer. 80 percent of people survive, so I feel very lucky.
“I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments.”
Fonda, an outspoken environmentalist and social campaigner, said her position was happier than many others in her situation.
“Almost every family in America has had to deal with cancer and far too many don’t have access to the quality health care I receive and this is not good,” she wrote.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, part of the body’s defenses, and can develop into widespread tumors.