American comedian Kathy Griffin is undergoing surgery following a lung cancer diagnosis.
She will have surgery to have half of her left lung removed.
Kathy is encouraging fans to stay up to date on medical check-ups as she reveals a stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis.
The comedian, 60, announced that she will undergo surgery to have part of her left lung removed, adding that she “hopefully” won’t need to have chemotherapy or radiation treatments afterward.
“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” Griffin wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.”
“It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine,” she continued, adding, “Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’s save your life. XXOO, KG.”
They were all champions in their own right. One beat the odds and rise from poverty to become a selfless MP with a heart for his constituents. He built a school because he believed education is one of the keys to releasing people from the shackles of poverty.
Another went down in history as one of the first women governors Kenya has produced after emerging victorious in a tough race against her opponent who was looking to secure a second term in office.
Yet another came from a far away land – Guyana – to fill the shoes of an extremely successful predecessor who had helped build a company to the point of becoming one of the most profitable firms in Kenya. He held his own and accomplished even greater feats than his predecessor. He blended in Kenya and identified with the country and its culture.
All the three had several things in common.
They made the country proud. But they also had something else in common – they all died from cancer – robbing the country of promising leaders.
Ken Okoth, Joyce Laboso and Bob Collymore fought a good fight, but lost the battle.
They were Kibra MP, Bomet governor and Safaricom CEO – top leaders.
Although cancer has cut short the lives of many people in Kenya, the three deaths brought more focus on the killer condition and talk was rife on whether it should be declared a national disaster.
Collymore died on July 1 at his home in Kitisuru.
He had gone to the UK in October 2017 to receive treatment for acute myeloid Leukemia and returned in July 2018 to resume duties at Safaricom.
A statement by the telco said that prior to his death, Collymore’s condition worsened.
Collymore left behind a wife and four children. He died at the age of 61.
Barely a month later, news broke of the passing on of Kibra MP Ken Okoth.
Okoth died on July 26.
His brother, Imran, said the legislator was rushed to Nairobi Hospital at 5pm on July 25 and moved to ICU at 8am the following day after multiple organ failure.
He succumbed to stage four colorectal cancer.
Two weeks before his death, Okoth had made his first official appearance in public after being away in France for five months seeking treatment.
Both Okoth and Collymore were cremated.
However, Okoth’s family members had differed on whether he should be buried or cremated. His wife said that before his death he had said his body should be cremated. But Okoth’s mother, Angeline, and other extended family members were initially opposed to cremation.
They, however, finally accepted cremation. He died at the age of 41.
Barely two days later, as Kenyans were coming to grips with Okoth’s loss, Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso died.
Laboso died at the Nairobi Hospital after battling cancer.
She had been admitted at the facility’s ICU since she arrived from India earlier where she was receiving treatment. She was 58 years old.
Laboso had left the country on May 29 for the United Kingdom (Royal Madden NHS Hospital) where she stayed before being transferred for further treatment in India.
She had been put on full bed rest and the county office had said the number of people visiting her at Nairobi Hospital was restricted to allow her enough rest.
Laboso left behind a husband and three sons.
During burial preparations, Laboso’s widower, Edwin Abonyo, revealed his wife had battled with cancer for more than two decades. She was first diagnosed with cancer 28 years ago, but she went into remission.
The deaths of the three prominent leaders made Kenyans realise just how real the threat of cancer is. Many people thought – if top leaders with access to many resources could succumb to the killer disease, what of the common Wanjiku?
Kenyans appealed to the government to build more cancer treatment facilities which were more accessible to everyone.
Many cancer patients seek treatment abroad because the country does not have enough specialists and equipment.
In Nairobi, ward reps asked Governor Mike Sonko to set up cancer screening and testing centres across major health facilities.
The ward reps said this would play a key role in early detection.
In July this year, Bishop Allan Kiuna revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018 without giving any details. This revelation came after the deaths of Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Bomet governor Joyce Laboso who both died of colon cancer.
But his wife Kathy Kiuna felt the need to share more on what had gone on. Yesterday on her Instagram pagth cancer in 2018 without giving any details. This revelation came after the deaths of Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Bomet governoe the First Lady of Jubilee Christian Church penned a lengthy post about her husband had been going through.
In her own words below;
‘Last year, was a difficult time for us. My husband @bishopkiuna was diagnosed with cancer and was away seeking treatment. Chemotherapy had him losing hair, gaining weight and unable to do much physically; he was unable to stand or walk for long and had to tiptoe around from the immense pain in his legs. Chemotherapy had him at his lowest. What was most difficult for me, was having to be home preaching most of the time and not by his side physically and honestly speaking it took all of me to even stand and preach.
‘Most of what I preached last year, was more for me than anyone else, it was God speaking to me at the same time using me to get to someone. Regardless of how I felt, I had to show my husband that we would get through this and show strength even when it was hard and would later go on my knees and remind God of His promises most times with tears rolling down my face. In that season, I learnt to put the weight of my faith in God. It is easy to say “My faith is in God” yet still want to do things on your own and find other ways especially when you feel like God is “taking time”.
The first and second pictures were my husband during chemotherapy, the third was on our way back home after treatment, the fourth was when he was now in church and preaching but had to wear a hat and still could not stand for long and the fifth is God’s grace in action, taken last week during 40 Days Of Glory. His hair has grown back, he is physically fit, he can run, jump, stand for hours and when I see this, it is a reminder that all glory is to God.’
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Actress Angelina Jolie in a heartfelt letter on Time magazine, has opened up about why she chose to remove her ovaries and breasts.
Angelina Jolie recalls in the letter how she watched her mothers decade long battle with Cancer before her death at 56.
The 44-year-old actress also reflected on her family’s history of breast cancer, and her decision to get a preventative double mastectomy and to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent the cancers that killed her mother and grandmother.
She wrote: “I simply feel I made choices to improve my odds of being here to see my children grow into adults, and of meeting my grandchildren. My hope is to give as many years as I can to their lives, and to be here for them.”
After her mothers death in 2007, Angelina decided to get a double mastectomy in 2013 after losing her aunt and learning that she carries a mutated BRCA1 gene, which makes her more likely to develop breast cancer.
In 2015, she has an ovarian cancer scare, so she opted to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
“I have lived over a decade now without a mom. She met only a few of her grandchildren and was often too sick to play with them,” Jolie continued.
“It’s hard now for me to consider anything in this life divinely guided when I think of how much their lives would have benefited from time with her and the protection of her love and grace. My mother fought the disease for a decade and made it into her 50s. My grandmother died in her 40s. I’m hoping my choices allow me to live a bit longer.”
She added: “People also ask how I feel about the physical scars I carry. I think our scars remind us of what we have overcome. They are part of what makes each of us unique. That diversity is one of the things that is most beautiful about human existence.”
The Oscar-winner continued, however, that “the hardest scars to bear are often invisible, the scars in the mind.”
“I have learned that when it comes to women’s health, medical advances are only one part of the picture” she said. “Mental and emotional health, and physical safety, are just as important.”
In an interview with The Star, Chris opened up on how he accidentally discovered he had cancer over a year ago. He said that after working the whole day in his office, as usual, he had gone to his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
While at home, he experienced a fever and called his private doctor who tagged along with a pathologist. He recalled;
They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital. I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation.
Mr. Kirubi said that he was later informed that he had stage two cancer, which was affecting his internal organs including the lungs and kidneys. The doctors also urged him to fly out of the country immediately for treatment. He then on to fly to Boston, US, where doctors ran further checks and initiated treatment. He added;
These are some of the best oncologists you can get and I’m lucky that I made it there. What followed was a struggle. It was painful, unsettling and the medication was sometimes very strong. I never lost faith and people came to pray for me. With time I began to improve. My body was weak yet I had to continue with the medication. It was not easy.
The tycoon further noted that the disease was not as devastating as many people think but the catch was to get tested early.
Chris Kirubi is one of the most hardworking men in the country. The 78-year-old tycoon has diverse interests in media, real-estate and also investment companies.
Saying the multi-billionaire has done well for himself is an understatement but even men like him who have ascended the rarified heights of extreme wealth still go through tough times.
Chris related yesterday in a viral video that he had suffered from and beat cancer. The tycoon also asked Kenyans to go for cancer screening early enough to increase their chances of beating the disease. He said;
I would like to appeal to our people to go check their status, you need to go to check your status… Cancer is not devastating if it’s discovered early. We need to make sure that if you have a cancer attack, it is discovered in the first or second stage. By that time it is possible to cure it.
He also explained that while it may be devasting to receive a cancer diagnosis, he said that waiting to get tested gives doctors a hard time in coming up with an effective treatment plan. He divulged;
Do not allow cancer to get to the third, fourth stage because it becomes very difficult for doctors to cure us. I would like all our members to survive and that’s why I’m appealing, as one of the victims, to you to make sure that you do not have to undergo a major cancer attack.
Finishing off his message, Chris encouraged viewers that he was living proof that the cancer monster can be indeed be defeated. He said;
I would like you to think of me, to see me as a reminder that cancer can be cured and I want you to believe in it by taking care of it. I believe the doctors are available in the rural areas and you just have to make an effort to check your blood. Ask the doctor to profile your blood for cancer cells. If you do that, you will live for a long time.
Kenyans can be a generous bunch. Especially if you can tug at their heartstrings. This was demonstrated yesterday after they contributed Ksh2.4 M for 13-year-old Bianca Wambui who appeared on Citizen TV show JKLive.
This was after Jeff had issued an appeal for her by sharing a pay bill number to help Bianca raise funds for her cancer treatment. Bianca had narrated how she dropped out of school after she underwent an operation to remove one of her breasts.
She also told Jeff how she had been stigmatised by her school friends because of that fact. After the mastectomy to deal with cancer and now she needed money for radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Kenyans it seems wanted to do something and within an hour they had raised Ksh2,442,500. Jeff himself was the one to tell Kenyans about the crazy figure on his Twitter page, saying,
Thank You Kenya!! …Thank You for standing with BIANCA WAMBUI. We have raised Ksh 2,442,500 in 1 Hour!!… Thank You, Folks!! Let’s keep CONTRIBUTING!! Paybill: 918675 Account: Bianca Wambui.
This isn’t the first time that money has flowed freely from Kenyans pockets to a worthy cause. In October 2015, Kenyans rallied behind K24 anchor Anjlee Gadvi who was diagnosed with liver cancer, helping her raise over Sh6 million within hours.
The anchor was hosted on Kameme FM’s breakfast show by Njogu Njoroge where she disclosed her struggle with the illness that has milked all her savings dry.
Jimmy Gait jetted off to New Delhi, India, where he hopes doctors will conduct tests on him to reveal what he is ailing from.
The Muhadhara hitmaker said on his Youtube Channel that he has been undergoing many tests and fans should stop assuming that he is suffering from throat cancer.
I have been having a throat problem for a long time and was not able to get a cure back at home. Last five days has been test after test.
There is a rumour going on social media that I have throat cancer. I don’t know where that came from. We are still doing tests and until the results are out, it’s not right to spread that. It’s already affecting my close people. They are worried about me.
Everything is going well and I can’t wait to come back home and I’m believing God that I’ll be okay.
Gait in a past exclusive interview told Mpasho.co.ke that he noticed that he couldn’t hit high notes and went to seek medical attention.
I WENT TO HOSPITAL LAST YEAR BECAUSE I COULD NOT SING AND EVEN TALK IN A LOUD VOICE.
I AM GOING FOR TREATMENT, I WILL BE LEAVING FOR INDIA ON SUNDAY.
I HAD BEEN ADMITTED TO AGA KHAN FOR DAYS GOING THROUGH CHECKUPS AND THOSE ARE THE PHOTOS DOING ROUNDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
Anjlee Gadhvi is one of the most popular Kenyan anchors. The woman has been battling cancer the past few years, something that she has been very open about.
The K24 news anchor recently released a video that clawed at the heartstrings as she tried to make her five-year-old daughter understand why she has to leave Kenya to go to India.
Anjlee tries to make her daughter repeat why she has to go for treatment with her daughter tearfully saying, ‘Because you have to get in a machine that has to check if you’re alright or not. They embrace as Anjlee responds, ‘I’m going to miss you.’
But her daughter isn’t done yet. She advices her mother to seek treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, suggestions that Anjlee has to lovingly shut down, saying,
Aga Khan has those machines but my doctor is in India and he knows how to check my chest better, so far I’m doing better, I don’t need oxygen all the time, I don’t need to nebulize all the time. Aga Khan hospital does not have those machines that can treat your momma. The doctors in India know more about momma’s chest and they are going to help your momma be better and stronger.
Gadhvi was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013, but went public about it in 2015, after funds raised by family and friends got drained. After she appealed for public help, Kenyans donated over Ksh6 million in hours. Various journalists took to their timelines commending Anjlee for her bold move, in the process sharing uplifting messages.
Former BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, applauded her action telling her, ‘You’re so brave for sharing this, and for having the courage to battle publicly. I know you’re incredibly strong and will beat cancer. All the best.’
This year alone the country has lost prominent leaders like Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth and Joyce Laboso to cancer, something that the government has ‘started’ taking more seriously.
Being overweight for just a year dramatically reduces women’s lifelong chances of surviving cancer, a major study has revealed.
For every 12 months spent obese or overweight as an adult, the risk of dying after a breast or bowel cancer diagnosis in later life rises by up to four per cent.
The link between excess weight and the disease developing in the first place is well established, but the new study is the first to show how having a BMI higher than 25 can also slash survival rates. The World Cancer Research Fund tracked the weight of 47,000 women between the age of 20 and 50. Of these 1,500 went on to develop breast or bowel cancer after the menopause.
The Swedish researchers found that each year of being overweight cut a woman’s chances of surviving bowel cancer by four per cent and breast cancer by three per cent.
‘This study reinforces the idea that keeping and maintaining a healthy weight throughout one’s life can lower the risk of death from it and other diseases.
‘It’s worth highlighting that the length of time someone was overweight for made a big difference towards surviving their cancer.’
Researchers in the US have made a breakthrough in the fight against ovarian and breast cancer by identifying a protein called CD24 which tumour cells use as a ‘don’t eat me’ signal to stop the body’s immune system attacking them. If the signal can be blocked then immune cells might be able to attack tumours.
Eating plenty of carrots, broccoli and sweet potatoes may help prevent skin cancer, a new study suggests.
All of these vegetables – alongside other vegetables, certain animal parts and some fruits and legumes – are rich in vitamin A, a key nutrient to keeping skin healthy.
Not only will eating lots of these foods help to ensure that your body continually produces new skin cells, they may also guard against the cancer-causing effects of UV light, according to a new Brown University study.
It’s the first vitamin A study to follow subjects for more than 20 years and find that high intake of the nutrient is lined to a 17 percent lower skin cancer risk, the researches say – but they warn that just taking supplements won’t do the trick.
More the 19 million skin cells cover your entire body.
But each day you shed between 30,000 to 40,000 of them, meaning the body constantly hard at work producing new skin cells to replace the ones we lose.
Vitamin A plays a vital role in this process of not only making but maintaining skin cells, activating cells called fibroblasts that keep skin firm and healthy.
The precursor to vitamin A, called beta carotene is a potent antioxidant, which helps to clean up free radicals, roaming compounds that encourage the development of cancer cells.
Its involvement in healthy skin is clear, but little research has looked at the preventative effects of vitamin A (also called retinol) for skin cancer, which affects between seven and 11 percent of fair-skinned people.
If someone is at higher risk for skin cancer due to high sun exposure or a family history, upping vitamin A intake might offer a relatively easy lifestyle change to counteract those risks.
So researchers at Brown University studied a data set of 123,570 US men and women whose diets, habits and health outcomes were documented for more than 26 years.
Encouragingly, the scientists found that nearly everyone got sufficient amounts of dietary vitamin A, meeting and exceeding the US’s recommended intake of 3,000 IU for men and 2,331 for women.
Nearly 4,000 of the study participants developed squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
But the more vitamin A they consumed in their day-to-day diets, the less at-risk for skin cancer the men and women were.
The same guard was not provided by taking oral vitamin A supplements however, suggesting that eating and digesting the nutrient in food is somehow important to reaping its benefits.
Topical creme forms of vitamin A, called retinoids fare sometimes prescribed to treat acne and help slow down aging by encouraging the production of new skin cells.
So a small previous trial tested whether the topical could help prevent skin cancer in veterans at high risk for the disease.
But that too had no significant effect on who got skin cancer and who didn’t.
Plus, synthetic retinoids have unpleasant side effects, like drying out the skin, making it red and irritated and more sensitive to sunlight.
The authors of the new study, published in JAMA Dermatology, suggest that boosting vitamin A intake in the diet might offer a better, more harmless way to combat skin cancer risks.
They note, however, that even when it’s consumed in part of the regular diet, too much vitamin A may be linked to greater risks for osteoporosis and hip fracture, major concerns for older people, who are also more likely to get skin cancer.
For everyone else, though, eating lots of carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet red peppers, spinach and black-eyed peas as well as beef and cod liver, might fight cancerous mutations in the skin.
This is an interesting disclosure from Bishop Allan as rarely do you see people who head churches speak about the diseases that are/have ailed them.
The bishop and his wife Kathy have however been very vocal about their last-born son Jeremy, who has had a myriad of health problems after being born prematurely at 6 months. Their son pulled through and graduated high school a few months back and was a straight-A student.
It is interesting that most of our leaders never speak about their health issues. Why is that?
You must have heard this word before but never paid much attention.
Here’s why you should read this article.
A carcinogen is something that can cause you to have cancer. It may be a substance in the air, a product you use, or a chemical in foods and drinks.
Clinical Nutritionist Stella Kimani was on Classic 105, where she discussed matters Cancer.
‘When we’re getting cancer and other diseases, why? I mean we brought ourselves here, The farmer could be feeding you carcinogens. We are seeing alot of weed, herbicides, that have been banned on other countries coming into Kenya.
So before you’re food even gets into your plate the farmer has already started the process of killing you and then the person selling that probably was grown on sewage decides to apply on apples some sort of stuff to make them look shiny so that they look fresh to you, the grapes as well, so the entire food chain is problematic’
Here are things that are carcinogenic, and you had no idea:
Crispy brown foods – When some vegetables, like potatoes, are heated to high temps, they give off a chemical called acrylamide.
Formaldehyde – From plywood to some fabrics, this chemical is used in many household products. Studies on lab rats and people who are around formaldehyde at their jobs show it can cause cancer.
Ultraviolet Rays – Studies show that ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, get absorbed into your skin and damage the cells there. Most skin cancer cases are due to UV rays.
Engine Exhaust – Trucks, buses, trains, and even some cars run on diesel fuel. The gas and soot in diesel engine exhaust are believed to cause lung cancer and other types of cancer.
Shocking statistics revealing that 80 Kenyans die everyday due to Cancer must serve as a wake up call.
The crippling cost of dealing with Cancer in hospital is worse.
From Ken Okoth to Bob Collymore, Joyce Laboso and others, many more are suffering from Cancer, and has got many Kenyans talking.
Kenyans want the government to declare Cancer a national disaster, and make investments for treatment of the disease.
On the Classic 105 show on Wednesday, Maina Kageni invited nutritionist Stella Kimani to speak more about it.
Stella Kimani is the owner of Stellar Afya:
She described her job
I’m a clinical nutritionist who tells you that your body is 100 percent nutrition, and why you need to go back to the basics of the human body which is nutrition. So we basically help you live the way you’re supposed to be.
Stella broke down the kind of meals Kenyans should be eating daily.
Here is what a Kenyan meal should look like everyday to avoid Cancer according to Stella.
Breakfast – Nduma,Egg and some leftover vegetables from dinner.
Mid morning – Fruits Lunch- Ugali, vegetables and Fish (white meat is always encouraged)
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo is pretty outspoken about issues.
That is something she is well aware of, and won’t stop anytime soon.
This side of her sadly has seen her land the wrath of online trolls.
In an interview on NTV, Millie spoke out about being trolled and the one thing that hurts her greatly.
When I disagree with people even on Facebook, some people come and insult me and tell me that is why GOD has not blessed you with children, that is why you are barren like it is a big deal not to have children
Another female politician who has spoken out about not being able to conceive was former coast politician Joyce Lay.
The former Taita Taveta MP opened up about her painful journey to motherhood saying
During a debate on the In-Vitro Fertilization Bill, Ms Lay gave an emotional speech on the frustrations she went through when she had to use a surrogate mother to give birth to her only child.
“I wasn’t born barren. I was a young mother at the age of nineteen. I have been through the pain of giving birth; it is only that I lost my son when he was two years old. This time, it is only that I had to be assisted so that I can get another child,” she said.
KOT have responded to Millie’s confession, urging her to take heart
Lucie Cassandra Wangeci ..Ok, having children is undoubtedly super and one of the greatest blessings in life! However, it’s evil and callous to sneer at those who have not received this gift!
Njeri Waweru ..I hate it when some people think that they are better than others just because they have children and others don’t,Millie is Blessed in so many ways ,She has inspired so many women and her Contribution to the society is Great, Those who insult her cowards
Wothaya Gakinya ..Sometimes people are so mean with their words. matters of health, wealth, marriage and children i don’t debate with anyone.
Wairimu Ndung’u ..People who think they are blessed coz they’re righteous startle me. Our self righteousness can never earn us anything on such matters..
Esther Njeru ..It is very sad to think that they can use that against her. May God forgive them.
Caroline Derry ..many think what they have is their will and not the grace bestowed to them by God,Millie you are a blessing and a mother to a whole nation..just like Abraham who had only two children after a long struggle God made him a father of the nations..u are a mother of so many gals,mothers and children look upto you…min piny.