More than eight years after battling ovarian cancer, Kathy Bates is sharing her story.
The Oscar-winner opened up about her struggle for the first time on “Anderson” - Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show - to air on Thursday.
“I was contracted to go into a movie at that time,” Bates said, referencing her 2004 flick “Little Black Book,” in which she starred alongside Brittany Murphy (who died in December 2010 at 32 years old). “But my doctors at the time, they had to get insurance approval and all of that so, you know, I was very quiet about it. And I had to go back to work right away.”
On her decision to stay mum, the “Harry’s Law” actress said, “I don’t know how to explain it. Nobody else really knows what you’re going through except another cancer patient. Even though your family is supportive and surrounds you, I just got to a point where I would go to chemo by myself and just really go through it on my own. I guess it’s something that I felt I had to face on my own.”
And while Bates doesn’t regret the way she handled the situation, she said, “If I go through it again, I think I’d probably be a lot more open about it.
So sorry for her illness...she was never quite right was she.
Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. At this late stage, ovarian cancer is difficult to treat and is often fatal. ;-..:
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Kathy is a phenominal actress. I wish her quick recovery and healing.
Kathy, as a recent 1st time breast cancer survivor I wish you well. Now that you are open about your condition, please use your ability to be in the public eye to continue the awareness of breast cancer. That is the greatest gift you can give.
May GOD'S healing hands and mercy be with you during this time of strife and turmoil. Disregard comments like those of cnredd and others like him/her who think they know it all. Your decisions were just that, YOURS, You are one of the most talented actors ever, and I have been an avid follower of all your movies, because I know they will be well done and great to watch. Harry's Law is fantastic. I will add you to my prayers and may GOD's mercy and love see you through this.
Best wishes to Ms. Bates – she's one of my favorite actresses!
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I am glad Kathy Bates chose a double mastectomy. If I had it to do over, I would have done the same, having been diagnosed twice. I wish her the best. Let's all pray for a cure soon.
@tc, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thats the worst thing about ovarian cancer, most women dont know they have it until its too late. I know there are no words of comfort for you and yours but Ill have you in my prayers.
We found out my wife had ovarian cancer on Dec. 20, 2006. She died 100 days later. All my best to one of greatest actresses alive today. May she be around for years to come.
I am very sorry for your loss. I've lost 2 family members to cancer. I know the devastation of this disease.
She is the best and one tough lady. My daughter is running in a 5k race for BC. Now she has 1 more name she is running for!
Lori and Jan, I wish you both the best and hope you both are here for a long time to come! Science has made some amazing advances in the last several years and Ill keep you both in my prayers. Kathy Bates is such an amazing talent that she can go from Annie Wilkes to Delores Claiborne to Harry Korn and not carry over anything from the previous character. I hope shes around for a while as well!
Well spoken.sammi! She's so entertaining! She'll be okay. It's a private matter . She needs privacy.Hollywood must be stressful!paparazzi!nosey idiots!
I to have been battling ovarian cancer (stage 4) for the last 5 years. This is what the doctors call "The Silent Killer" for women. I have always liked Kathy Bates and have been watching "Harry's Law" since the beginning. My hat goes off to her and all women who are fighting ovarian cancer.
Best wishes to you, also. Just know, there are those of us on this blog who really do care.
KATHY BATES GOT SOME SAGGY HOOHAHS.
And u have no brains u idiot!u have saggy ugly bal s! She's a great talent! Something u could never fathom u dope!
your a depraved loozer.
If you truly believe in God and that he is amazing and HE rules, you would not have made such a derogatory comment to your fellow human being. God save you.
Kathy Bates has been one of my favorites since 'MISERY'...!! She is an amazing actress and it would be horrible if WE lose her. SO VERY PROUD OF HER...!! It wasn't leaked, either–and THAT is AMAZING!!
As a woman with Stage IV colon cancer, I understand her completely. I am grateful that she is bringing awareness of the actual emotions that become your constant companion during this voyage!
Best wishes to you. May you beat this dreaded disease!
May the blessing of the Divine be always with you and within you. Even though I don't know you, I'm sending lots of love and light to you now as you continue this journey. Just really wanted to say that to you. Let your heart be joyfilled even at this time. Many, many, many blessings on you, dear one.
For Lori -
If only she could keep her many chins private.
Here's a suggestion: if her weight bothers you, don't read articles about her, and don't see her movies. The rest of us think she's an amazing actress.
Wait. You're name is EDWIN?! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL ! ! ! OMG ! ! ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ! ! !
Cn red ha lol u r a nuisance!
She is truly one of the best and she has an Oscar to prove it. I can understand her not coming forward on her health issues. The wolves start circling when illness shows it's head.
She is such a class act and an incredible actress! Hope she stays healthy so she can entertain us for many years to come.
She's the best and can do no wrong! More movies ! More movies! I love her!
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