Farrah Fawcett Is Cancer Free

Farrah Fawcett Is Cancer Free
Farrah Fawcett
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updated 02/02/2007 at 01:00 PM EST

originally published 02/02/2007 02:00PM

Farrah Fawcett received the ultimate gift for her 60th birthday: She is cancer free, according to her doctors.

"Her prognosis is excellent," Dr. Gary Gitnick, Fawcett's lead physician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement, adding that Fawcett "has had a full and complete response to treatment."

The former Charlie's Angels star first revealed her condition in October. In her statement on Friday she said, "This is an extraordinarily happy day for me and my family. I have been on a journey for the past four months and during this time received a tremendously aggressive treatment which doctors initially warned me would be the most difficult fight of my life."

She continued, "In the face of excruciating pain and uncertainly, I never lost hope and it never occurred to me to stop fighting – not ever."

Fellow Angel Kate Jackson, who helped lend support while Fawcett was undergoing treatment, said, "I have never seen anyone go through so much with such dignity and determination. I am in awe of her strength and courage."

Fawcett's spokesman, Mike Pingel, said the actress plans to mark her birthday Friday with family and friends, and hopes to go back to work "in the next month or two."

Fawcett also said, "I hope that my news might offer some level of inspiration to others who unfortunately must continue to fight the disease."

Complete text of Fawcett's statement:

"This is an extraordinarily happy day for me and my family. I have been on a journey for the past four months and during this time received a tremendously aggressive treatment which doctors initially warned me would be the most difficult fight of my life. I was told they needed me to 'bite the bullet' and that would require great courage and unfailing determination. In the face of excruciating pain and uncertainly, I never lost hope and it never occurred to me to stop fighting – not ever.

"This experience has also humbled me by giving me a true understanding of what millions of others face each day in their own fight against cancer. I hope that my news might offer some level of inspiration to others who unfortunately must continued to fight the disease. So to those who are still struggling toward their own victory, stay determined, 'fight the fight' and I will keep you and your families in my thoughts and prayers.

"I am deeply grateful to my team of physicians, my loving and supportive family and devoted friends who have sustained me as I battled this terrible disease, strengthened by my faith in God and the encouragement of so many."

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