Cokie Roberts, Gene Wilder and Other Celebrity Cancer Diagnoses

Gene Wilder, Cokie Roberts and Patrick Swayze make this list

Fran Drescher

How the actress overcame the disease. Amy Sussman/Getty Entertainment Images

Gene Wilder, Cokie Roberts and Patrick Swayze are among the celebrities who've battled health scares such as cancer. The disease does not a discriminate, and some of the famous, wealthy people on this list did not survive their battles with cancer. An overwhelming number of celebrities have been diagnosed with cancer, some winning and some losing their battle.

Regarded as the modern day Lucille Ball, Fran Drescher had everything going for her -- a successful television series, several small film roles, and a long term romantic relationship. All of that was temporarily halted by a cancer diagnosis.

Drescher was diagnosed with stage one uterine cancer in June 2001. Her cancer went misdiagnosed for two years, but luckily was detected at an early stage. She underwent a radical hysterectomy and is now cancer-free. You can read about her journey with uterine cancer in her best-selling book Cancer Schmancer.

Edie Falco

Why the actress defeated the disease. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Entertainment Images

You may know Edie Falco from the HBO television series "The Sopranos." Edie played Carmella Soprano, the wife of mob boss Tony Soprano. She has also starred in several films, such as Fargo and Copland.

Edie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. She has remained secretive about her breast cancer treatment. It is not known whether she had chemotherapy, surgery or radiation. Following her treatment, she sported a super short haircut, which may indicate that she had chemotherapy, but this is simply speculation.

The starlet was 40 when diagnosed with breast cancer. Although breast cancer tends to affect older women, risk factors for breast cancer increase your chances of developing the disease, regardless of age.

Anne Bancroft

The disease took the actress' life. Kevin Winters/Getty Entertainment Images

Few details were revealed about legendary movie actress Anne Bancroft's battle with uterine cancer, but close friends have reportedly said that she suffered from the disease for quite some time. Bancroft succumbed to the disease in 2005 at the age of 73, leaving behind husband Mel Brooks.

Cokie Roberts

Breast Cancer. Brad Barket/Getty Entertainment Images

Broadcast journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 during a routine clinical breast exam. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer.

Patrick Swayze

The "Dirty Dancing" star fought hard against the disease. Bryan Bedder/Getty Entertainment Images

Thanks to his timeless role as Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing," Patrick Swayze became an American icon. You may also remember him in timeless films, like The Outsiders and Ghost.

In 2008, Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer, a type of cancer that is usually fatal in most cases. The actor battled the disease with various treatments, including chemotherapy, and vowed that the cancer would not beat him. Unfortunately, Swayze succumbed to the disease in September 2009.

Sheryl Crow

The singer managed to defeat the disease. Frazer Harrison/Getty Entertainment Images

Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and is since cancer-free. She underwent a lumpectomy and seven weeks of radiation therapy to treat her breast cancer. Following her diagnosis and treatment, Crow has served as an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Farrah Fawcett

The "Charlie's Angel" star didn't win the battle. Dave Hogan/Getty Entertainment Images

In October 2006, "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer, a rare type of cancer in the U.S. On her 60th birthday, she announced she was cancer-free.

Fawcett was no stranger to cancer, having had her sister die of lung cancer. Her long time on-again, off-again companion, Ryan O'Neil also suffered from leukemia.

A few months later after announcing the cancer had disappeared, Fawcett's doctors found a polyp, and she resumed treatment in Germany. In February 2009, Fawcett discontinued treatment. She died in June of that year.

Gene Wilder

Wilder shared his struggle with cancer. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Entertainment Images

Gene Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999, a decade after losing his wife, Gilda Radner, to ovarian cancer. He has been in remission since 2000.

Kylie Minogue

The singer didn't keep diagnosis a secret. Dave Hogan/Getty Entertainment Images

In 2005, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer. Initially misdiagnosed, Minogue persisted in getting an accurate diagnosis for the lump found in her breast. After getting subsequent medical opinions, it was found she had an aggressive type of breast cancer and underwent breast surgery and chemotherapy as treatment. Her cancer is now in remission.

Robin Roberts

The ABC news personality was open about diagnosis. Nelson Barnard/Getty Entertainment Images

"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2007, announcing it on live television to her longtime GMA audience. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy for treatment. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Roberts has been a vigilant breast cancer advocate and authored a book titled From the Heart: 8 Rules to Live By.

Jerry Orbach

The "Law & Order" star did not defeat the disease. Scott Gries/Getty Entertainment Images

Hollywood veteran Jerry Orbach, best known for his longtime role on Law and Order, battled prostate cancer for over ten years before losing his battle with the disease.

Kathy Bates

The actress managed to win cancer battle. Michael Buckner/Getty Entertainment Images

Hollywood actress Kathy Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, but kept her battle a secret. Bates' cancer is in complete remission.

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