In a new interview with Australia’s Sunday Night, Olivia Newton-John has confirmed that she’s battling cancer for the third time, opening up on her battle with the disease — her second — that she previously decided to keep to herself.
She says she has undergone radiation therapy and is also pursuing natural remedies, including medical marijuana that her husband, John Easterling, grows on the couple’s ranch in Santa Barbara.
The Grease star, 69, first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. When a minor car accident in 2013 led to the discovery that the disease had returned, she said she decided to not speak publicly about it: “I thought, ‘It’s my life,’ and I just decided to keep it to myself.'”
Now, the singer revealed, doctors discovered a tumor at the base of her spine last year.
Newton-John says she remains optimistic and is determined to beat the disease again. “I believe I will win over it, and that’s my goal,” she said.
She explained: “ I take a lot of natural herbs and healing remedies and also medicinal cannabis that’s helped me a lot.
“’Initially I had a lot of pain. I don’t have pain now.”
She added: “I’m so lucky. I’m married to an amazing man who is a plant medicine expert.”
The star thanked fans for their support, saying: “Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months.
“Your prayers and well wishes have truly helped me and continue to lift my spirits.
“I’m feeling great and so look forward to seeing you soon.”
The much-loved entertainer also told her fans about a campaign she was backing fundraising for cancer patients.