Comedienne Kathy Griffin has been diagnosed with lung cancer, despite “never smoking”, and will undergo surgery to have part of her left lung removed.

The 60-year-old comedienne took to Instagram on Monday to reveal she has new onset stage one cancer in her left lung and will have half of her left lung removed today, Aug. 2.

Kathy wrote:

“I’ve got to tell you guys something. 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! The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing.”

The Glee star is hopeful that she will make a full recovery after surgery and predicted she will be “up and running around as usual” within a month.


She added:

“I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less. It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine.”

Griffin was fully vaccinated months before her cancer diagnosis.

She went on to praise the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, saying:

“Of course I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’ll save your life. XX00, KG.”