Famous People Who Got Cancer

The Top Ten

1 Walt Disney Walt Disney Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.

Creator of everything we know and loved about Disney � Diagnosed with lung cancer. Died in 1966 as a result of failing health conditions resulting from the cancer.

2 Fran Drescher Fran Drescher

She survived from uterine cancer. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer on June 21st, 2000.

Fran also created the Cancer Schmancer Moment for people who have cancer.

3 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue

Diagnosed with breast cancer. Underwent surgery to remove the tumour and has otherwised completed chemotherapy treatments. The cancer is in remission.

4 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Diagnosed with Malignant melanoma on the right toe. Died of multiple metastasis to the brain, liver, lungs and stomach in 1981, 4 years after he was diagnosed and refused initial surgery to remove the toe.

5 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong
6 Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader .

Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1985 and basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) on his nose in 1987. Both surgically removed and no recorded radiotherapy and chemotherapy was needed due to the early discovery.

7 Steve Jobs Steve Jobs

Diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer called islet cell neuroendocrine tumor in 2004. Underwent surgery without the need for radiotheraphy or chemotherapy. Cancer is currently in remission.

8 Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001. Treated only with radiation therapy. Cancer is currently in remission.

9 Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

Diagnosed with mouth cancer in the late 1930's. Underwent 30 operations to remove the tumors in his jaw. Died in 1939 at the personal request of being euthanized from morphine by his doctor and friend.

10 Terry Fox Terry Fox Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox CC OD was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist.

Ran the Marathon of Hope, with an amputated leg, to raise funds for cancer research. Started out in Newfoundland, with the intention of running all the way to British Columbia, but, was forced to quit in Thunderbay Ontario, when cancer had returned & had spread into his lungs.

The Contenders

11 Tom DeLonge Tom DeLonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975 . When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game . He also used to play the ...read more.

He was about to die, thankfully, he got a treatment on time. Skin cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, it can kill someone very painfully. He had skin cancer on his breast. - AnimeDrawer

Yeah, he talked about it in one of his interviews, he was one of the few survivors of this horrible disease many people die with. I am glad he did not die and he survived, I would be sad if he died. - AnimeDrawer

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14 Delta Goodrem Delta Goodrem Delta Lea Goodrem is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age.

Diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma on July 2003 at the age of 18. Underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as a full treatment and otherwise made a full recovery. The cancer is in remission.

15 Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata was a Japanese game programmer and businessman who served as the fourth president and chief executive officer of Nintendo.
16 Jacquelyn Helton

Lynne Helton died at age 20 from cancer. She kept a tape recorded diary for her infant daughter. Her diary had been used as the main source for the T.V. movie and book, both named 'Sunshine. '

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18 Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
19 Joey Ramone Joey Ramone Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.
20 Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 3rd greatest female screen legend in American ...read more.
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