7 Bollywood Celebrities and their Cancer Journeys

Cancer sees no class, creed, color or profession. It can happen to the poorest and the richest of people. And our Bollywood is no different. It has seen its own share of cancer stories. While some have succumbed to this horrible disease, some still carry the flag of survivors and battle on to fight it and come out victorious. Here are some inspiring stories. Read on..


1Sonali Bendre – Metastatic Cancer:

It shocked her fans to know that the bubbly Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with Metastatic Cancer in July 2018. She went to New York for her treatment and has been updating her fans about her progress through social media. Her gratitude towards life and the spirit to combat the odds is inspiring.

2Irrfan Khan – Neuroendocrine Cancer: 

Irrfan khan has been a crowd-favorite because of his acting prowess and steady rise without any help from the Industry. But in March 2018, he shocked his fans by revealing that he was suffering from Neuroendocrine Cancer. The actor is undergoing treatment in the U.S. and is still under recovery. He has shown immense courage in dealing with his disease. We wish him a speedy recovery.

3Manisha Koirala – Ovarian Cancer:

Manisha Koirala ruled hearts for many years with her charm and her incredible acting skills. At the age of 42, she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer for which she took treatment in New York. After multiple chemotherapies and surgeries, her resilience won and she was declared cancer-free in 2015.

4Lisa Ray – Blood Cancer:

This beautiful fighter was diagnosed with Myeloma, which is a type of blood cancer, in 2009. She took time off from the public eye and immersed herself completely in fighting the disease. In 2010, she made a public announcement that she was finally cancer-free after having undergone a successful stem-cell replacement.

5Mumtaz – Breast Cancer: 

This evergreen Bollywood beauty was a yesteryear favorite of everyone. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 54. She fought the disease for 11 years and did not give up until she was finally cancer-free.

6Anurag Basu – Blood Cancer:

Anurag Basu has given many hits like Barfi, Life In A Metro, etc. In 2004, he was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (a type of blood cancer). His doctors gave him only two months to live but that did not shake his spirit and he recovered soon after.

7Tahira Kashyap – Breast Cancer:

Tahira Kashyap is a film-maker and wife of actor Ayyushman Khurana. In September 2018, she underwent a mastectomy after doctors discovered high-grade malignant cells in her breast. Two months later she revealed that her cancer has advanced to stage 1. She is currently under chemotherapy and she encourages women to get screened for breast cancer after they turn 30. Her posts reflect her indomitable spirit and zest for life.
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