U.S. comedian and non-smoker Kathy Griffin to undergo surgery for lung cancer


FILE PHOTO: Comedian Kathy Griffin poses at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

August 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American comedian Kathy Griffin said on Monday that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer although she has never been a smoker.

Griffin, 60, said in social media postings that she would undergo surgery to remove part of a lung, and that doctors were optimistic about the outcome.

“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.

“The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung,” she added.

Griffin, a two-time Emmy winner, has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when she lost jobs and sponsorships after posing with a fake severed head depicting then-U.S. President Donald Trump in what was intended to be a joke. The Secret Service opened an investigation into the incident but no legal action was taken against Griffin.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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