Celebrities Who Fought And Defeated Cancer


Cancer”- nobody, however brave he may be, is ever prepared to hear this fatal word. With medical advancements and better opportunities though, it has become less of a scare that it earlier was. Among many brave and courageous survivors of this ill-fated disease are some celebrities, who have given the average man hope on overcoming it.

Here is a list of 5 such daring celebrities who are no less than heroes in any sense of the word.

  1. Yuvraj Singh – Lung Cancer

When Yuvi was diagnosed with lung cancer back in 2011 after winning the World Cup for India, it was a huge setback for the cricket fraternity and everyone else across the country. Yuvraj underwent chemotherapy amidst prayers from family, friends, and fans. He returned successfully to India in March 2012 cancer-free. He wrote his experiences in the book titled “The Test of My Life”, and later went on to receive Arjuna Award for his bravery and passion.

  1. Manisha Koirala – Ovarian Cancer

The beautiful and talented ‘Dil Se’ actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2012. She was 42 years old at that time. Her strength in the fight against cancer was evident from her glowing persona and her interviews, not shying away from symptoms such as hair loss. After battling for a year, Koirala started in May 2014 that she had been cancer free for almost a year. Manisha has even started shooting for her next release on Sanjay Dutt’s biopic.

  1. Anurag Basu – Blood Cancer

Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia – a rare type of blood cancer; this was the ailment that the director of Barfi was diagnosed with the year his daughter was born. Basu was given a two-month verdict from doctors in 2004. But luckily and with a positive spirit, he made it out successfully after fighting the disease for three years. He even gave instructions about directing “Tumsa Nahi Dekha” during his chemotherapy sessions. It is said that Basu also wrote the scripts of “Gangster” and “Life in a Metro” during this phase. What a brave heart!

  1. Mumtaz – Breast 

Yesteryear’s beloved actress Mumtaz who gave up acting at the age of 26 was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 54. But she did not surrender herself to the stressful chemo sessions and surgeries. After fighting the disease for 11 long years, Mumtaz finally braved all odds with her strict diets and exercise regimen. On fully recovering from the detecting disease, she said “I don’t give up easily. Even death will have to fight me”. Later in 2010, Mumtaz also featured in “1 a Minute” – a cancer survivor documentary by UniGlobe Entertainments.

  1. Lisa Ray – Multiple Myeloma

The stunning Indian-born Canadian actress who made the heads turn two decades ago with her high-cut swimsuit commercial struggled with Multiple Myeloma in 2009. It is a type of cancer involving plasma blood cells. After learning about this, Ray advocated awareness in India about this rare form of the disease. Lisa made it out of the illness with a stem cell transplant treatment away from media’s glare. Currently, Lisa Ray is planning an establishment for a Cancer Research Centre in India.

In concluding, this disease is not the end of the world. You can take some inspiration from these brave hearts that came out of this ill-fated phase with determination and courage and set an example for the rest of the world to follow.