Olivia Newton-John opens up on cancer battle

Sarah Carty

She beat cancer 25 years ago and now Olivia Newton-John has revealed she “dreaded” her mastectomy.

The 68-year-old Australian actress, who famously starred as Sandy in hit musical Grease, was diagnosed with cancer on the same week her father passed away when she was 43-years-old.

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After undergoing nine months of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, Newton-John was finally free of the disease and now she has revealed just how hard those times were.

Olivia Newton-John has opened up about her battle with breast cancer. Photo: Getty.
At the time, her daughter Chloe (pictured) was just a toddler. Photo: Getty

"One night, shortly after it had been confirmed that I needed a mastectomy, I couldn't sleep,” Newton-John told Radio Times magazine.

“I went downstairs, sat in the dark and felt the fear washing over me. I was convinced that the cancer had spread at top speed and was in every part of my body.

"For a few weeks my world was in turmoil, but then I calmed down and started to fight back mentally. Deep down, there was always a tiny nugget of hope inside me that said, 'You'll be ok. You'll make it', and that little voice kept me going."

The Aussie actress was diagnosed with breast cancer on the same day her father passed away. Here she is posing at a breast cancer charity event. Photo: Getty

Newton-John also wrote a column for The Mirror on the moment she found out she was suffering from breast cancer.

“I saw my doctor and had a mammogram and that didn’t show anything. But I insisted there was something there and had a needle biopsy,” she wrote.

“While I was waiting for the results, I flew to see my father who was dying of liver cancer in Australia.

Newton-John is best known for her role in Grease alongside John Travolta. Photo: Getty

“On the same day, I got the call that my father had died. So it all came at once,” she wrote.

Since winning her battle against her cancer, Newton-John has been an advocate for supporting breast cancer charities and raising awareness about the disease.

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