Farrah Fawcett recovering from cancer treatment
This is rumor control: Talk of Farrah Fawcett’s imminent demise is premature, Craig Nevius, a producer who has worked with the 62-year-old actress told the AP on Monday. While she was recovering in an L.A. hospital from a medical procedure in Germany, she is not about to die.
“She’s on the mend and will be going home very shortly,” Nevius said. “She’s doing fantastic. Her fight goes on. ... She’s not going anywhere anytime soon.”
Her L.A.-based cancer specialist also gave word on what was ailing her: “She had a minor procedure. That procedure led to a small amount of bleeding into a muscle in her abdominal wall,” Dr. Lawrence Piro said.
Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and originally was treated at The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with chemotherapy and radiation — not surgery as some have reported, Nevius said. She was declared in remission in February 2007, but three months later, scans showed “not only had it recurred, it metastasized to her liver,” Nevius said. The latest treatment in Germany tried to address the cancer’s spread to that organ, he said.
Nevius said Fawcett is expected to leave the hospital in a few days. He said her support system includes former partner Ryan O’Neal, her father and Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.
“Let me tell you what she’s not,” Nevius said. “As previously reported by everybody, she’s not unconscious. She is not on death’s door. The family has not gathered to say goodbye.”
Nevius slammed gossip news reports, saying her treatments “never had anything to do with stem cells,” or alternative treatments such as shark cartilage, coffee enemas or “detoxification” diets.
“It’s much more scientific than that. It’s not a fringe treatment,” he said, and the doctors have “multiple, multiple degrees.”
And while we’re full of good news, Redmond O’Neal, Fawcett’s son with Ryan, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of bringing narcotics into a jail in Castaic, Calif., and was being held on $25,000 bail. The 24-year-old acknowledged he was carrying drugs and was apparently at the jail giving a ride to a friend, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said.