Olivia Newton-John has launched a new foundation to help others “live beyond” their cancer diagnosis.
The Australian music icon said she wanted those battling cancer to live their best lives while fighting the disease.
The new foundation will “fund the discovery of kinder therapies and advocate for more effective ways to prevent, treat and cure all cancers”, she said.
Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, then again in 2013, and then for a third time in 2017.
She is currently battling stage four metastatic breast cancer.
Olivia said she has taken an integrative care approach to combatting the disease.
“I am probably one of those people who’s living beyond cancer, living beyond probably what people expected to happen,” she said.
When Olivia got the news that she had stage four metastatic breast cancer, she said it was “overwhelming”.
“It was a feeling of dread, terror, the unknown,” said Olivia.
“I knew immediately something was wrong. I had a mammogram. The mammogram was benign and I had a needle biopsy that was also benign… I don’t say this to scare women, but you have to just trust your instincts.”
She said that following a surgical biopsy, she was told her cancer had returned.
Newton-John has pursued an integrative care approach of plant-based and meditation-based treatments for her cancer, along with a number of other therapies, including acupuncture, massage, cannabis, and other alternative therapies.
“I have seen the incredible beauty of the plants and their healing abilities… if I hadn’t had that experience, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you about kinder therapies… your body wants to heal itself.”
In January this year, Olivia publicly announced that her tumors were shrinking.
“My tumours are receding or they’re going away or they’re staying the same, on a stage 4 metastatic breast cancer — that’s pretty amazing,” she told media at the time.
For more information about the new foundation, visit this link: https://www.onjcancercentre.org