Jane Fonda: the poignant confidences of the activist actress with cancer

Revealing her illness last September, Jane Fonda confided in suffering from a cancer of the lymphatic system. Supported by “the best doctors”, the actress had wanted to reassure her fans about her state of health. She spoke with a lot of positive during this interview at Entertainment Tonight.

“I think I had a great life. I just hope I can be an example for young people so that they are not afraid of growing old,” the actress said.

Jane Fonda was asked about her association“Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential”founded in 1995 and dedicated to mental health and pregnancy care in adolescent girls. Committed since her youth, Jane Fonda is an emblematic figure who will celebrate her 85th birthday on December 21st. For the occasion, she organized a party beforehand, on November 17, to raise funds for his association.

Lymphatic cancer: a kind of blood cancer

A lymphatic cancer, or lymphoma, is a cancer that attacks the blood and lymphatic system, guarantor of the immune system. The lymphatic system is made up of lymphocytes, which play a key role in the body’s immunity. These cells circulate in the blood, but are also present in different places of the organises like spleen, lymph nodes, intestinal mucosa for example. Lymphoma appears when there is a uncontrolled proliferation of these cells in one of these sites of the body. These cancerous tumors develop in different organs containing lymphoid tissue, such as lymph nodes, tonsils, small intestine lining, spleen, liver, bone marrow, lungs or thymus.

Two types of lymphoma

There are two types of lymphoma: hodgkin lymphoma and the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which appears in 80% of cases of lymphatic cancer. The first lymphoma particularly affects the children and adolescents or young adults, 20 to 40 years old. It is classified according to four stages: from stage 1 which corresponds to the achievement of a single lymph node group, to stage 4, where one or more viscera are affected. It’s a aggressive cancer, but whose cure rates exceed 80% of cases. The second type of lymphoma is more common than the first, and affects people of over 50 years old mostly. This is the one that Jane Fonda suffers from. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma develops at the expense of a line of lymphoid cells. The cancer cells involved are different from the cell involved in Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Malignant non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas can develop from B cellsin 85% of cases, or from T cells in 15% of cases.

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