Kathy Griffin is recovering from surgery after revealing Monday she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
“Surgery went well and as planned. She’s in recovery now and resting,” Griffin’s representative Alex Spieller said Monday.The comedian, 60, took to social media to share the news earlier in the day, adding that she has never smoked.
“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,” Griffin wrote. “Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!”
She added thather cancer, which is “contained to my left lung,”is in Stage 1and herdoctors are “very optimistic.”
“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. 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.”
In her tweet, the Oak Park native noted that her condition could have been more serious had she not been”fully vaccinated” against COVID-19.
“Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious,” she added. “Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’ll save your life.”
Celebrities shared their support for Griffin in the comments.
“Love you so much!!! I’m here if you need anything. Don’t hesitate,” TV personalityRoss Mathewscommented.
“Sending you lots of love Kathy,” wrote fellow comedian and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” star Caroline Rhea.
In aclip from a “Nightline” interviewairing Monday night, Griffin said she was “definitely in shock” from the diagnosis.
“Not denial, but once a day I’ll turn to nobody next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this (expletive)?’ “ she says in the clip.
In July 2017, Griffinshaved her headin honor of her sister Joyce, who was battling cancer. Griffin later announced that her sister died that September.