Blythe Danner in remission from the same cancer that her late husband Bruce Paltrow had



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Blythe Danner has revealed that she is in remission after a battle with oral cancer, the same cancer that killed her late husband, director Bruce Paltrow.

Paltrow, the father of Oscar-winning actress and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow, died in 2002.

Danner told People she was shocked by the diagnosis.

“Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it’s unusual for a couple to have the same cancer,” he said.

Danner was in London in 2018 when he first found a lump on his neck.

“I started feeling really dizzy and I was forgetting everything,” she said. “And then I felt a knot in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999].”

She continued: “I remember looking up at the sky and saying to Bruce, ‘Are you alone up there?’ It is a stealthy disease. But now I am very well. And I’m lucky to be alive.”

She was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma and said she initially kept the information quiet.

“I kept it from my kids for a long time,” Danner recalled. “I wanted to get ahead as a mother, and I didn’t want them to worry.”

When she finally told her daughter, “I was obviously very shocked,” Gwyneth Paltrow told People. “It was scary. And I thought it was really weird because it was so similar [to my dad’s]”.

After three surgeries and alternative treatments, Danner said he is now in remission.

“I wasn’t shaking in my boots,” Danner said. “I have no fear of death.”

“She went through it so gracefully,” Paltrow added. “I was amazed at how strong she was capable of being.”

Danner said she now works with the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about oral cancers.

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