Olivia Newton John, 71, reveals she has ‘befriended her cancer and is asking it to leave’ as she says her herbalist husband’s medical marijuana helped her through the pain
- Grease star Olivia Newton John has revealed her brave approach to cancer
- Actress, 71, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2017 for third time
- She said she would rather ‘befriend her body than pick a fight with it’
Olivia Newton John has revealed her brave approach to cancer, explaining how she would rather ‘befriend her body than pick a fight with it’.
The Grease star, 71, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2017, after previously overcoming the disease twice, in 1992 and 2013.
Admitting that she doesn’t like the phrase ‘battling the disease’, the English-born actress told how she has decided to ‘keep calm and ask the cancer to leave’.
Olivia, who is an outspoken advocate for the use of medical cannabis, also revealed that her husband of 11 years John Easterling makes her a herbal relief which has helped her through the pain.
Olivia Newton John, seen this month at her auction in California, has revealed her brave approach to cancer, explaining how she would rather ‘befriend her body than pick a fight with it’
Speaking to The Telegraph, she said: ‘I’ve never seen cancer as a fight or a battle. In fact, over the decades I’ve kind of befriended it – and right now I’m asking it to leave.
‘Because instead of picking a fight with my body, I would rather keep calm and thank it for everything it has done for me.’
Discussing the use of medical marijuana, she said: ‘The tinctures really help. Nobody has ever died of cannabis, but opiates are killing people every day.’
Olivia, who is an outspoken advocate for the use of medical cannabis, also revealed that her husband of 11 years John Easterling, pictured last month in Australia, makes her a herbal pain relief which has helped her through it
Olivia also discussed her fantastic relationship with her daughter Chloe, 33, who she raises with her first husband Matt Lattanzi and told how their relationship has become even closer since the diagnosis.
Stage 4 breast cancer means the cancer has metastasized, or spread, to other areas of the body away from the breast tissue.
Most commonly the disease will spread to the bones, liver, and lungs. But it can also spread to the brain or other organs in the body, according to Cancer.org.
Olivia, seen in August at the 2019 Industry Dance Awards at Avalon Hollywood, also discussed her fantastic relationship with her daughter Chloe, 33, who she raises with her first husband Matt Lattanzi and told how their relationship has become even closer since the diagnosis
Although the disease is manageable for many years with proper treatments like radiation and chemotherapy to shrink the tumors, it is not curable.
Olivia has been a big proponent of using medical marijuana to help relieve some of the pain she’s experienced when fighting the cancer. A route, she says, that helped improve her quality of life.
Recently she attended the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference in Portland, Oregon, to discuss her personal journey with using marijuana to manage her pain.
CAN CANNABIS OIL CURE CANCER?
Cannabis oil is currently illegal in the UK
A mother-of-two claimed in February that she has cured her aggressive breast cancer by taking one drop of cannabis oil containing THC every day.
Dee Mani, 44, refused chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer – deemed the deadliest form – and instead opted to try the oil, which is illegal in the UK.
Doctors gave her the all-clear just five months after she opted for the oil.
Despite her claims that it has cured her of cancer, there is no proof cannabis, or any of its compounds, can treat cancer in humans as research showing the drug’s anti-tumour effects have been in petri dishes and on mice.
Dr Kat Arney, formerly from Cancer Research UK, said that while study findings have been promising, cancer patients should not get their hopes up.
She previously said: ‘We know that cannabinoids can have a range of different effects on cancer cells grown in the lab and animal tumours.
‘But at the moment there isn’t good evidence from clinical trials to prove that they can safely and effectively treat cancer in patients.’
Cannabis oil – which is different to CBD oil because it contains THC, the compound that gives users a ‘high’ – is illegal under UK laws.
It influences the release and uptake of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.
Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines last April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed it on the NHS.
He was granted permission to use cannabis oil to treat his epilepsy earlier this year.