Olivia Newton-John's Cancer Journey: What to Know

Grease star Olivia Newton-John appeared briefly at the start of the Oct. 18 episode of Dancing With the Stars, which celebrated the songs of the popular musical. Newton-John wished the dancers luck from her home and hoped they had as much fun dancing to the songs as she did when making Grease in 1978. For her millions of fans, it was good to see Newton-John doing well during her ongoing battle with cancer.

Newton-John, 72, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and it came back in 2013. In May 2017, Newton-John said she was diagnosed with breast cancer again, and it metastasized and spread to her bones. In August 2019, she told Australia's 60 Minutes she felt lucky to still be alive. "I'm living with it. It's just reinforced my gratitude," Newton-John said, via PEOPLE. "We know we're gonna die at some point and we don't know when it is. When you're given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you're suddenly given a possibility of a time limit. The truth is, you could get hit by a truck tomorrow. So every day is a gift, particularly now."

Although cancer returned in an aggressive form at the time, Newton-John said she was optimistic she could win the battle. However, she also said she didn't see it as a fight. "It's something I'm living with," the "Physical" singer said at the time. "I see it as something in my body I'm getting rid of. I don't talk about a battle or a war, because I think that sets up that kind of feeling in your body like you're battling something strange inside you. I let it go and tell it to leave and talk to my body to heal itself and don't try to make it that. Because that takes up your whole life and your whole being."

In a more recent interview with Closer Weekly, Newton-John said she was feeling "very good" after changing her diet. She has also admitted to using herbs and cannabis to help the pain. "My husband makes me tinctures that help me immensely with pain, inflammation, sleep, and anxiety," Newton-John said in July. "I'd like to research all that and find out what else is going on because I feel good."


Newton-John hasn't let her cancer get in the way of her work. Earlier this year, she recorded "Window in the Wall," a duet with daughter Chloe Lattanzi. In 2019, she joined John Travolta for a brief tour of Florida, where they joined fans for Grease screenings. She has also been a longtime advocate for raising breast cancer awareness. She runs the Olivia Newton-John Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Research Centre was named after her. After Travolta's wife Kelly Preston died in 2020, Newton-John said she was only "more determined" to help end cancer