Famous Survivors of Ovarian Cancer

Although ovarian cancer is a highly fatal disease if detected later in its stages, there are



Although ovarian cancer is a highly fatal disease if detected later in its stages, there are quite a few women out there who have survived to tell the tale!

Here are 5 famous women who have battled ovarian cancer and have come out victorious!

Brandi Maxiell

Best known for her role on the reality TV show Basketball Wives: LA, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 24. Having no family history of cancer, Brandi was beyond shocked by the news, undergoing weeks of chemotherapy as treatment. Brandi credits her cancer for a positive life change.

Kathy Bates

While it’s hard enough to battle cancer with the support of everyone you know, it’s even more difficult when you’re a Hollywood star and must keep your diagnosis a secret. Kathy Bates, an actress, 64, fought ovarian cancer in 2003 and managed to keep it under wraps until 2009. Now, in remission for 10 years, she has been busier than ever!

Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the year 2012 and has now recovered, says there is always a fear the disease may recur but she believes in being positive in life. She confessed to not paying attention to her health. In remission now, the actress plans to do something for those suffering from the disease.

Cobie Smulders

The 33-year-old actress revealed she was diagnosed with the disease during the third season of How I Met Your Mother when she was only 25. Cobie confessed that she doesn’t believe that she would ever be cancer-free. She has been in remission for 5 years now and she plans to see the positive side of things and learning from it. She has also tried to create awareness for it.

Diem Brown

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 25, the former MTV reality star had an ovary and fallopian tube removed. Then, in 2012, the cancer came back, and Brown went through another round of treatment. Now 32 and cancer-free, Brown says the aftermath of her public fight still follows her wherever she goes.


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