Olivia Newton-John gives update on cancer battle: 'Have my pains'

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Beloved Australian actress Olivia Newton-John has shared an update on her health as she battles Stage 4 breast cancer.

Olivia Newton-John has battled breast cancer three times and has been living with metastatic breast cancer since 2017.

Olivia Newton-John on the Today Show
Olivia Newton-John has given a rare update on her breast cancer battle. Photo: The Today Show

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good,” the 73-year-old Grease star told host Hoda Kotb on the US Today show.

“I have my days, I have my pains, but the cannabis that my husband [John Easterling] grows for me has been such a huge part of my healing, and so I’m a really lucky person,” the 73-year-old Grease star told host Hoda Kotb on the US Today show.

In an interview with 60 Minutes in 2019, Olivia said she believes the cannabis John grows in a greenhouse at their ranch has "made a huge difference" in her life. 

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She also told The Guardian she was wary of using it at the start but soon saw the benefits were undeniable. 

“I was nervous of it in the beginning. But I could see the benefits once I started using it. It helps with anxiety, it helps with sleep, it helps with pain," she said. 

Last year, Olivia opened up to reporters at G'Day USA about her cancer battle, saying she tries not to think about it.

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling kissing
Olivia says the cannabis grown by her husband, John Easterling, has helped her live a better life. Photo: Intagram/the realonj

“I’m winning over it well and that’s how I see it,”

“I don’t think about it a lot, to be honest. Denial is a really good thing and I’m getting stronger and better all the time. I’m doing well.”

Speaking to Yahoo Life in October last year, Olivia announced the launch of her Olivia Newton-John Foundation, in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a mission to “fund the discovery of kinder therapies and advocate for more effective ways to prevent, treat and cure all cancers.”

“I’ve often wondered why we can’t find kinder ways of treating our bodies and boosting our immune systems rather than poisoning them and knocking them down,” she said, referring to having gone through own treatments over the past nearly-three decades.

“That’s why I’m starting this organization and I’m very excited about it, to help all cancers.”

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