The 70 year-old singer and actress revealed in an interview with 60 Minutes Australia that she prefers to not know how long she has to live and is tuning out the chatter on her prognosis.
Citing the concept that we all are dying at any time could be hit by a truck, she is focusing on the life she has.
“When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you’re suddenly given a possibility of a time limit.”
If somebody tells you, you have six months to live, very possibly you will because you believe that,” the actress continued. “So for me, psychologically, it’s better not to have any idea of what they expect or what the last person that has what you have lived, so I don’t, I don’t tune in.”
Last Fall she reported using both traditional and alternative medications to treat her metastatic breast cancer.
After successfully keeping the cancer at bay, it returned for a third time 2 years ago and metastasized to her sacrum, a part of the low back.
In addition to her current medical regimen the Australian native grows cannabis at her Santa Barbara, California home and uses its oil to help with the pain. She states, “My dream is that, in Australia soon, it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer that causes pain.”
In 1992, Newton-John first battled breast cancer by undergoing chemotherapy and by having a modified radical mastectomy (removing the breast and lymph nodes). She immediately had breast reconstruction and included yoga, acupuncture and massage in her treatment regimen.
In 2013, after a minor car accident, a lump in her left shoulder revealed it was breast cancer.
In an interview with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, she shared her personal story. “I meditated every day, did yoga, used homeopathy, ate well—I boosted my inner strength as much as I could. When bad thoughts came in, I pushed them right out. I had what’s called a modified radical mastectomy with reconstruction done to my breast immediately—a woman can be traumatized waking up with nothing there.
She remained cancer free for years.
In a recent interview with People Magazine, she states she believes she will win “over it,” but adds, “I don’t go there. I’d be lying if I said I never go there. There are moments, I’m human. So If I allow myself to go there, I could easily create that, you know, big fear.”
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IN 1978’S GREASE
Breast cancer is one of the few cancers that spreads to the bone. Other cancers that may rear its ugly head in the bone include thyroid, kidney, pancreas and the liver.
According to the American Cancer Society, Stage 4 Breast Cancer (spreading to other parts of the body) has a 5 year survival rate of 22%, as opposed to Stage 3, whose 5 year survival rate is 72%. Treatments today are improving survival rates.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.