Olivia Newton-John


Olivia was born in Cambridge, England on September 26, 1948. She was interested in singing ever since she was a little kid, and when she was living in England. Her songs in England were very popular and she had many top songs. Later in her life she moved to the United States and became popular around the entire world. After touring around the world Olivia came back to the United States and decided that she wanted to go into acting. The director for the movie Grease wanted her to play the starring role with John Travolta. She wasn't sure if she wanted to do a movie but decided to do it anyway. Olivia was Sandy in the movie Grease and this is one of the main things that has made her so popular today. Throughout her career she was in multiple movies but none were as popular as Grease. Some of these movies included Xanadu and Two of a Kind. Her album Physical was a #1 album for multiple weeks. In 1984 Olivia married Matt Lattanzi and two years later they had a daughter named Chloe. After her daughter was born she didn't work as much so she could focus on her family. When her daughter was very young, Olivia found out that she had breast cancer in July of 1992.

The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2010:
  • About 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
  • About 54,010 new cases of Carinoma in Situ will be found
  • About 39,840 deaths from breast cancer (women)

(statistics provided by: The American Cancer Society)

Breast Cancer

  • Swelling of ones breasts dsBreastCancerTrends_500px.jpg
  • Skin irritation
  • Lumps- on breasts or underarms
  • Breast and nipple pain
  • Change of breast color, size, or texture
  • Tenderness or burning feeling

  • Changes in DNA
  • Not normally inherited
  • Changes in one breast cell
  • Most causes are unknown to doctors

Woman out of 100,000 who got breast cancer and died as of 2006

  • In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

  • About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

  • About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

  • In general, cancer treatments may include:
    • Chemotherapy medicines to kill cancer cells
    • Radiation therapy to destroy cancerous tissue
    • Surgery to remove cancerous tissue -- a lumpectomy removes the breast lump; mastectomy removes all or part of the breast and possible nearby structures
  • Hormonal/Biologic therapy
    • Tamoxifen-This drug blocks the effects of estrogen, which can help breast cancer cells survive and grow.(hormonal)
    • Herceptin- a special anticancer drug that targets certain changes in a cell that can lead to cancer(biological)

Is There Hope?

YES! There is hope for women diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide and about 465,000 will die from the disease. There is a lot of hope for women with breast cancer and a good amount of people annually survive and beat it. There is a 5 year survival rate of women who have cancer at about 81% to 86%. Studies show that if you have some of your lymph node removed then there is a better chance of getting ride of the cancer. Some if the cancer cells can be trapped in fluid in the lymph nodes, so removing part of it will give the patient even more hope than they already had at beating breast cancer.

Olivia Newton-John-- Her Fight with Cancer

The only risk factor that Olivia had was that her father had cancer, which he died from days before her diagnosis. Other than that Olivia was just unlucky. The way that she found out she had breast cancer was from a self-examination, something that Olivia now strongly encourages other women to do. She says that if something doesn't feel right you should get it checked out immediately, " I wasn't feeling right, and I had found lumps before, but this time, it just felt different." The interesting part of her story is that at first a mammogram was negative as well as a needle biopsy. Newton-John still felt as though there was something wrong so she insisted on her doctor preforming a surgical biopsy which finally found the cancer. Olivia decided she was going to do everything it took to beat this cancer even if that meant some alternative medicines, " I decided that I was going to do everything I needed to in order to beat it — Eastern and Western medicines, acupuncture, meditation — everything." And Newton-John did beat breast cancer and has now devoted a huge part of her life to talk about her experiences with cancer as well as setting up organizations such as; The Olivia Newton-John Cancer And Wellness Centre , Liv Breast Self-Examination Aid , Car for Cancer and The Great Walk to Beijing 2008

"I feel so fortunate and grateful to be a survivor of Breast Cancer. I see it as a gift. I know it sounds strange, but I don’t think I would have grown without that experience." -- Olivia Newton-John

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7nwjiCqu38

Pictures: http://img.karaoke-lyrics.net/img/artists/11577/olivia-newton-john-218424.jpg (Olivia newton john- right side)
http://www.starstills.com/product_images/a/741/ss2237170_-_photograph_of_olivia_newton-john_as_sandy_olsson_from_grease_available_in_4_sizes_framed_or_unframed_buy_now_at_starstills__03443_thumb.jpg (Olivia newton john- left side)


Information: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/index and http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/breast-cancer/overview.html (Treatment)

Her fight with cancer: http://www.everydayhealth.com/breast-cancer/mylife/olivia-newton-john/questions.aspx (content)
http://olivianewton-john.com/links.html (foundation links)