Update on Kathy Griffin’s health: Vocal cord paralysis due to lung cancer battle

The star of My Life on the D-List received a first lung cancer diagnosis in 2021.

Kathy Griffin has made strides toward a full recovery following vocal chord surgery to treat her lung cancer.

In August 2021, the 62-year-old comedian first announced the diagnosis of her lung cancer on social media, writing: “I’ve got to tell you, people, something. I am impacted by cancer. I’m about to have surgery to have the lower portion of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer despite never smoking.

The doctors are really optimistic because it is only stage one and only affects my left lung. My breathing should return to normal after this, and maybe I won’t require chemotherapy or radiation. In a month or less, I should be back to normal,” she asserted.

In December of that same year, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and shared with her audience that she had been given the all-clear from cancer.

The tumor, which she said had been there “for ten years,” had been totally removed, she claimed at the time, but she then updated her status on TikTok on Wednesday night, stating she had undergone one more treatment to make sure she was in good condition.

Kathy updated her fans throughout the course of her vocal chord surgery. She first uploaded video of her pre-op appointment, which showed her seated in the doctor’s office wearing a stunning floral coat and, no less, a glittering red shirt.

After first claiming that her doctor is a “kickass female voice surgeon,” she shared a video of herself having a camera placed through her nose and down her throat. She announced that her left vocal cord had been paralyzed while displaying close-up photographs of how it appeared.

The famous patient was shown in the clip that followed her successful operation. She is still laying in a hospital bed with a blue marker mark on the left side of her neck.

She told the camera, “I want to be in the best shape possible for my big Vegas gig on June 17, and this is merely a part of my recovery following lung cancer surgery.

She said, “I’m lung cancer free!” with excitement. She said, “I’m a little scratchy today, but I’ll be in good shape.”

“I so appreciate you guys following along on my journey to get my voice back after lung cancer,” she stated in her TikTok caption. “I’m extremely grateful to Dr. Barbu.”

Fans instantly flooded her post’s comments section with encouraging sentiments, writing: “Long-time admirer here. I wish I could attend your Vegas performance. You’ll kill it, I know it! You genuinely sound much better. Little steps!”

“This is fantastic! And best of luck with your performance! We also wish you a swift and complete recovery.”


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