Comedian Kathy Griffin Gives Health Update on Her Ongoing Cancer Battle

The Primetime Emmy Award winner detailed her struggles with the disease and shed some light on how doctors are optimistic about her recovery process.

Actress Kathy Griffin took to her Instagram page on Thursday to share about things that she is battling caused by her cancer diagnoses while being slightly humorous about the flipside of the disease, writing:

"One thing that sucks about cancer, it's hard to focus on anything else when one is experiencing shortness of breath, deep coughing, pain, extreme fatigue &, in my case, vocal cord issues."

Kathy Griffin attends the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Kathy Griffin attends the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

IN HIGH SPIRITS

Griffin, 60, continued to share that despite all that, “One thing that doesn’t suck about cancer… how shameless I am when clapping back at people dare to sass Ms. Kathy about anything. Try CANCER! I cannot get enough of it,” she wrote.

Fans, including fellow stars, flooded the comments section to praise Griffin for her positive spirit while fighting the life-threatening disease.

Comedian Kathy Griffin attends the West Hollywood Rainbow Key Awards at City of West Hollywood's Council Chambers on June 5, 2018 in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Comedian Kathy Griffin attends the West Hollywood Rainbow Key Awards at City of West Hollywood's Council Chambers on June 5, 2018 in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Selma Blair said, "Thanks for keeping on, woman. We need you here. Mmmmm.k?” alongside a heart emoji. Rosie O’Donnell shared that she hopes that she is doing well.

One Instagram user advised her to remain sturdy, commenting, “You stay strong and enjoy your life. So many people care and love you, and I am one of them.”

THE SURGERY

Griffin underwent surgery for stage 1 lung cancer last month. She released a statement on August 2 revealing that she was having a part of her lung removed despite having "never smoked" before her cancer diagnosis.

The Illinois native said doctors are assured about her recovery because it is still in its early stage and is contained in her left lung, she noted at the time. 

A screengrab from Kathy Griffin's Instagram post sharing her cancer struggles | Source: Instagram/@kathygriffin

A screengrab from Kathy Griffin's Instagram post sharing her cancer struggles | Source: Instagram/@kathygriffin

THE RECOVERY PROCESS

She added she hopes to not go through radiation nor chemotherapy after the surgery. “I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less,” she said at the time.

That same month, the "Pulp Fiction" star shared on social media that singer Sia visited her and joked that she had been getting help from her "celebrity voice doctor" (referring to the music superstar) to get her “voice back.”

At the time, she was giving fans an update on her vocal progress following the surgery and shared her voice was still hoarse and had been getting vocal exercises.

She and Sia appeared to have been spending some quality time one-on-one together and had fun while doing so. Griffin promised to keep on posting videos of her recovery process.

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