New York, 2022-11-21 13:35:00. Blythe Danner had the same cancer as her late husband
Blythe Danner has revealed that she is in remission after a battle with oral cancer, the same cancer that led to the death of her late husband, director Bruce Paltrow.
Paltrow, the father of Academy Award-winning actress and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow, passed away in 2002.
Danner told People she was surprised by the diagnosis.
“Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, but it is very unusual for a couple to develop the same cancer,” she said.
Danner was in London in 2018 when she first found a lump in her neck.
“I started getting very dizzy and I was forgetting everything,” she said. And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found it [in 1999]. “
She continued, “I remember looking up at the sky and saying to Bruce, ‘Are you alone out there?'” It’s a sneaky disease. But I’m fine and amazing now. I am lucky to be alive. “
She was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma and said she initially kept the information quiet.
“I kept it from my kids for a long time,” Danner recalls. “I wanted to move forward as a mom, and I didn’t want them to worry.”
When she finally told her daughter, “I was obviously very shocked,” Gwyneth Paltrow told People. “It was scary. And it just felt really weird because it was so similar [to my dad’s]. “
After three surgeries and alternative therapies, Danner said she is now in remission.
“I didn’t shiver in my shoes,” Danner said. “I have absolutely no fear of death.”
“She went through it with a great deal of grace,” Paltrow added. “I was amazed at how strong it was.”
Danner said she is now working with the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of oral cancer.
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