Motivational Cancer Survivor Stories


Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, Australia. He was 8 when his mother left the family, and he and his siblings were largely raised by their father. Hugh Jackman is best known for playing Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ film franchise. He’s also known for starring roles in features like ‘The Prestige’ and ‘Les Misérables,’ as well as his stage work. Jackman was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), a type of skin cancer in 2013 In February 2017, He received his sixth operation to remove traces of skin cancer from his face. Jackman gets routine check-ups every three months. Having battled the disease six times, he feels this is important. He urges fans and the public to get routine screenings and has not been quiet about his diagnosis. We thank Hugh for sharing his journey and encouraging others to have routine screenings. If he can do it, you can also.

What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

basal cell carcinoma
  • It is a type of skin cancer, mostly in the head and neck region as it is most exposed to the sun.
  • It may present as pale irregular patches, reddish/pinkish bumps or projections, or open sores on the skin.
  • Diagnosis is confirmed on skin biopsy.
  • It usually doesn’t spread to other body parts and most cases can be cured.
  • Hence, assessment of tumor spread to other areas and staging is not required.
  • It is mainly divided into low-risk and high-risk.
  • Curettage and electrodissection is preferred treatment for low risk disease.
  • Treatment is usually done with surgery, but sometimes radiotherapy and topical agents may be required.

Yuvraj Singh Cancer History And Survivor Story

Yuvraj Singh was born 12th December 1981. He is the son of Yograj Singh (former Indian cricketer) and Shabnam Singh. He completed his graduation in commerce from DAV College, Chandigarh. He is an Indian international cricketer. He won the player of the tournament award in 2000 under-19 cricket world cup. In a match against England at the 2007 World Twenty20, he famously hit six sixes in one over. He was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

What kind of cancer Yuvraj Singh have?

He started having symptoms of cough and breathlessness, which he ignored initially during the 2011 cricket world cup. He also had episodes of blood in spit and severe loss of stamina. But later, when he underwent diagnostic workup in 2011, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left lung, close to his heart. The tumor was malignant a germ cell cancer called a mediastinal seminoma. This tumor is different from the lung cancer and unlike it, it has a much better survival rate. It actually arises from the mediastinum and not from the lungs.
“At first I was in denial about it — playing for India was more important than my health and for a few months I chose to ignore the blood I spat out or my decline in stamina.” – Yuvraj Singh

Where was Yuvraj Singh treated for Cancer?

Yuvraj’s doctor planned for chemotherapy and he went to U.S for chemotherapy. He took his chemotherapy in Boston and Indianapolis at the same place where Lance Armstrong underwent chemotherapy for germ cell tumor. His chemotherapy started in February and ended in March 2012, and he came back to India in April.
“Don’t be scared… Be positive… Please don’t think that your life is about to end… Take the right advice and act as soon as you can… If there’s an issue in your system, don’t ignore it… Look at me, I never thought I’d get the chance to again play for India, but I’ve beaten cancer”– Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj made his comeback with Twenty-Twenty against New Zealand in September 2012. In 2012, Yuvraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award. In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor.
“The side effects of chemo made me reel on my knees some days. But I was determined to come back and play for my country. That’s the one thing which always motivated me.” – Yuvraj Singh
He is actively raising awareness for cancer in the media and stressing on the importance of awareness of symptoms, early detection, appropriate treatment and staying positive throughout the treatment.
“It’s only once I accepted cancer that I could beat it. When life knocks down you have a choice — to get up. So I thought to myself, ‘get up and do it again.” – Yuvraj Singh

What is Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumor?

Germ cell tumors are classified into following 2 types based on the type of cells involved, growth rate, and type of treatment approach usually followed for such tumors:
  • Seminomas: They are more common and tend to grow and spread slowly compared to non-seminomas.
  • Non-seminomas: They generally grow and spread faster and involve generally affect more than one cell type (mixed germ cell tumors). They are further divided into following 4 types based on the type of cells affected: Embryonal carcinoma, Choriocarcinomas, Yolk sac tumors, and Teratomas.
In Yuvraj Singh case, it was a Mediastinal Seminoma. Mediastinal Germ Cell tumors are extragonadal germ cell tumors (EGGCT) as they grow outside the testis and ovary. Mediastinum is the most common site for EGGCTs. It most commonly presents as chest discomfort, cough, shortness of breath or B Symptoms (fever, night sweats, weight loss). Confirmation of diagnosis and staging is done by blood tests (tumor markers), biopsy and imaging tests (CT scan, MRI, X ray) Treatment for seminomatous EGGCT is mainly chemotherapy with a combination of cancer drugs. BEP is the standard chemotherapy used in such cases.

Michael Hall Cancer Survivor Story

-Michael Hall was born on February 1, 1971, in Raleigh, North Carolina. – His father died of prostate cancer in 1982, when Hall was eleven years old. – He is known for his roles as Dexter Morgan, in TV Network series Dexter and as David Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. – In 2010, He won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Dexter. – On January 13, 2010, Hall’s agent and the spokesman confirmed that Hall was undergoing treatment for a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. – After undergoing Chemotherapy for 3 months. On April 25, 2010, It was announced that Hall’s cancer was fully in remission. -He then started working for the next season of Dexter. – In 2011, Hall was the celebrity spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” fundraising campaign. – If he can do it, you can too.

More about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

hodgkin lymphoma Hodgkin’s Lymphoma mainly arises from the B-cells. It may involve any part of the lymphatic system, but it usually starts in lymph nodes in the neck, under the arms, and in the chest. According to WHO classification, HL can be divided into following 2 main types:
  • Classic Hodgkin lymphoma (CHL): This is the most common type of HL that comprises about 95% of all HL cases in the western countries. The characteristic feature of CHL is the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells (abnormal B-cells) in a background of inflammatory and accessory cells such as eosinophils, neutrophils, histiocytes, plasma cells, and fibroblasts. The Reed-Sternberg cells of CHL usually express CD30, CD15, and variably CD20 surface markers.
CHL is further divided into following 4 subtypes: a) Nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma (NSCHL) b) Mixed cellularity Hodgkin lymphoma (MCCHL) c) Lymphocyte-rich Hodgkin lymphoma d) Lymphocyte-depleted Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL): This is a relatively less common type of HL comprising about 5% of all cases of HL. The characteristic feature of NLPHL is the presence of “popcorn” or lymphocyte-predominant (LP) cells, the variant of Reed-Sternberg cells. The LP cells usually express CD45, CD20, and rarely CD30 surface markers. The NLPHL is inherently slow-growing compared to HL and is treated slightly differently than HL.

Ann Arbor is the staging system used for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in which it is staged from Stage 1 to Stage 4 depending on the extent of involvement.

Lymph node biopsy, Imaging, and Blood tests are investigations required for confirmation of the diagnosis and disease staging.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment depends on the type of HL, stage of the disease, patient’s age, and performance status, the presence of adverse prognostic factors, along with other factors.

Laurence Tureaud Cancer Survivor Story

  1. Laurence Tureaud professionally known as Mr. T was born on May 21st, 1952.
  2. He is an American actor and retired professional wrestler.
  3. He is known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III.
  4. He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995.
  5. After a month of treatment, he beat the lymphoma that time around.
  6. But unfortunately, cancer returned a year later.
  7. Then, he underwent several years of chemotherapy.
  8. Finally, he won the biggest battle of his life against the disease.
  9. Since then he has worked actively to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
  10. “‘Life is an endurance test. It’s not a fifty-yard sprint or a hundred-yard dash; it’s a marathon.”
  11. If he can do it, you can too.
More about T Cell Lymphoma
  • NHL is a group of different lymphoid neoplasms with variable characteristics. Most NHLs, about 80-85%, arise from the B-cells while about 15% arise from T-cells or natural killer (NK) cells.
  • T cell Lymphomas may be of many types as discussed in this article.
  • Common symptoms of NHL include painless swelling of lymph nodes, enlarged spleen/liver, fever, night sweats, weight loss, etc
  • Investigations for confirmation of diagnosis and staging include biopsy, Imaging and blood tests.
  • T Cell Lymphoma treatment depends the type of NHL, stage of the disease, patient’s age, and performance status, along with other factors.

How Nelson Mandela Beat Cancer – Cancer Survivor Story

Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata. When Mandela was nine years old, he was adopted by his father’s friend. Mandela studied law and opened South Africa’s first black law firm. Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) to fight against apartheid. The government called him a terrorist and jailed him, in 1962. He spent 27 years in prison. Finally, Mandela was released from prison in 1990. His work paid off when all races were allowed to vote in the 1994 election for the first time. He won the election and became the first black President of South Africa. In 2001, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent seven weeks of radiation treatment for microscopic cancer in his prostate. He did not have to have surgery or chemotherapy, however, did receive hormonal treatment. The following year he was given a clean bill of health against the disease. Mandela has received over 695 awards. This is the maximum number of awards anyone has ever got.


Mark Alan Ruffalo was born on November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S He is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Before becoming a star, he worked at a guitar store and as a gardener, a bartender and a house painter. He is well-known for a number of roles including portraying the Marvel Comic character Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Also he was seen in other Marvel movies like The Avengers and Thor. His other Iconic movies include- “The Avengers”, “Collateral”, “Shutter Island”, “Rumor Has It”, “Reservation Road”, and “Now You See Me.”, “Just Like Heaven”, “Zodiac”, Foxcatcher and Spotlight. In May of 2001, something happened that was though very bizzare but  life saving. Mark Ruffalo had a vivid dream that he had a brain tumor. It terrified him so much, he contacted his doctor who ordered an MRI test results proved he had a golf ball size mass behind his left ear, which was later found to be an acoustic neuroma. At the time of diagnosis, Ruffalo and his wife were expecting their first child. He wanted the birth of his child to be the happy focus, and he did not want others making his tragedy their tragedy. He told his wife after their child was born. Doctor’s told him he had an 80% chance of losing his hearing and a 20% chance of losing his facial nerve if he undergoes surgery for his brain tumor. Though he underwent surgery to remove the tumor, he battled paralysis of his facial nerves for ten months which has put his hollywood career on hold. Ruffalo’s recovery was slow, He was quoted, “Recovery really tested what I was made of as a man. It also became a blessing in disguise, as time progressed.” Mark Ruffalo is cancer free now. He regained most of the movement in the left side of his face, came back stronger than ever in his career. He practices meditation daily, which he says changed everything for him and the way the world looks to him.

Information about Acoustic Neuroma

acoustic neuroma It is also known as Vestibular Schwannoma or neurilemmoma and arises from schwann cells around the  vestibular nerve. Usually it grows slowly and doesn’t cause symptoms as they do not invade the brain. But rarely it may grow rapidly or to a large size to produce symptoms due to cranial nerve(s) involvement, such as hearing loss, ringing in ears and unsteadiness. Very rarely, compression on brain stem or cerebellum may become life threatening. Causes Most of the cases of acoustic neuroma don’t have a known cause. In 5% of cases, genetic mutation of chromosome 22 is implicated. Normally this gene is a tumor suppressor gene that controls the growth of schwann cells. Neurofibromatosis 2 is a genetic disorder that may lead to mutation of chromosome 22 leading to excessive growth of schwann cells causing this disorder. Common Signs and Symptoms
  • Gradual hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Unsteadiness of Gait
  • Facial Nerve Involvement
  • Weakness due to muscle involvement
Complications In rare cases, acoustic neuroma may lead to complications such as-
  • Facial weakness
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in ear
Mark Ruffalo had facial nerve involvement due to the tumor that led to facial nerve palsy in him. Treatment There are 3 treatment options available for vestibular schwannoma
  • Observation
  • Surgical Removal
  • Radiation Therapy
The treatment modality depends on the aggressiveness of the tumor, extent of disease, symptoms, performance status of the patient, etc

Kylie Minogue Cancer History And Survivor Story

Kylie Ann Minogue, born on 28th May 1968, is an Australian-British singer and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, it was one of the most watched Australian TV series ever. Then she decided to start her journey as a recording artist. The lead single “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” became one of the most successful singles of the 2000s. It is recognized as her “signature song” and was named “the catchiest song ever” by Yahoo! Music. She is recognized as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 on 17 May 2005. This was just months after being initially cleared — or misdiagnosed, she claims — by her doctor. Four days after her diagnosis, Minogue had surgery and commenced chemotherapy treatment soon after. She discussed her illness and said that her chemotherapy treatment had been like “experiencing a nuclear bomb”. She defeated cancer and is cancer free ever since. Minogue was acknowledged for the impact she made by publicly discussing her cancer diagnosis and treatment. Minogue was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree by Anglia Ruskin University for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer. In February 2012, VH1 ranked Minogue at number 47 on their VH1 Greatest Women in Music. If she can do it, you can too.

Angelina Jolie Cancer History And Survivor Story

Angelina Jolie was born in June 4, 1975, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Her parents separated with 1 year of her birth. As a teenager,She struggled with insomnia and an eating disorder by age 20, she had used “just about every drug possible,” particularly heroin. Then one day, she decided to change this. She was named the world’s most powerful celebrity in Forbes’s Celebrity 100, and Forbes additionally cited her as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress On February 16, 2013, at age 37, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy, after learning she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. Two years later, in March 2015, after annual test results indicated possible signs of early ovarian cancer, she underwent a preventive oophorectomy, Jolie has raised awareness of not only the genetic risks associated with breast and ovarian cancer but also the challenges in medical decision-making. She is well known for her humanitarian work and charity. she is involved with more than 25 Charitable organization

How Ben Stiller Beat Cancer – Survivor Story

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller, Born on November 30, 1965, New York City, U.S. He was the second child of famed comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. He is known for his roles in ‘There’s Something About Mary,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Meet the Parents.’ He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48. He had no symptoms at the time, nor any family history of the specific disease, He considers himself fortunate because his cancer was detected early enough to treat. And also because his internist gave him a test, he didn’t have to. The PSA test is typically not given to men until the age of 50. The actor and comedian went on 3-month roller coaster ride from diagnosis to cancer free. Treatment for prostate cancer does not come without risk still, he manages to overcome this without any major side effects. Ben Stiller actively raises awareness for the disease.

Christina Applegate Cancer History And Survival Story

Christina Applegate was born on 25th November, 1971. She is an American actress and dancer known for her role in, The Sweetest Thing, Grand Theft Parsons, Hall Pass, Vacation and Bad Moms. When she landed a starring role on “Samantha Who?” she seemed on fire in her life and career, she was nominated for both Emmy and Golden Globe award. Then cancer showed up in April 2008. She was only 36 years old. Due to her mother’s personal battle with breast cancer, she had been getting regular mammograms since she was 30 years old. Within a week of her diagnosis, she had her first lumpectomy. It appeared she would only have six weeks of radiation instead of chemotherapy. But when her test for the breast cancer gene, BRCA, came back positive, it changed everything. She had a choice, radiation, and regular check-ups or remove her breasts. The first emotional toll seemed easy compared to the loss and physical pain she felt after having the double mastectomy in July 2008. On August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer free after a double mastectomy, She has started Right Action for Women to help provide the funds for women who did need MRI screenings and weren’t able to pay for it themselves.

Manisha Koirala Motivational Cancer Survivor Story

Manisha Koirala was born on 16th August 1970. She is a Nepalese actress who mainly appears in Hindi films. Koirala is the recipient of several awards, including four Filmfare Awards. She was one of the highest paid actresses in the 1990s. On 29th November 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. On 10 December, she underwent surgery. After this, she was given chemotherapy. After spending months at the hospital she was declared cancer free. Koirala said she intends to use her celebrity status and personal story to inspire others who are battling the disease. “All I want to do from now onwards is to be useful to people who could need a little advice” She was also appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999 and 2015.

Tom Green Cancer Survivor Story

Thomas Green cancer survivor story:
  1. Thomas Green was born on July 30, 1971
  2. He is a Canadian comedian, actor, filmmaker, and talk show host.
  3. He is known for his roles in Road Trip, Charlie’s Angels,
  4. Freddy Got Fingered, Stealing Harvard, and his show-The Tom Green Show.
  5. In March 2000, Tom Green was diagnosed with, testicular cancer.
  6. He underwent a surgery, to remove his right testicle.
  7. The surgery forced him to take at least 10 weeks off of work.
  8. Luckily, cancer didn’t spread and he didn’t need chemo.
  9. On May 23, 2000, MTV aired a one-hour special episode of the Tom Green Show.
  10. The episode followed Tom through his treatment and included graphic footage of the surgical procedure.
  11. Tom uses humor to educate!
  12. During this time, he started the “Tom Green’s Nuts Cancer Fund” to raise money for cancer research.

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