Living with Cancer

Celebrity Stories

  • Yesterday & Today

    A Beautiful Neighbor

    Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, taught children compassion for themselves and others. He died from stomach cancer in 2003, but his legacy lives on in television programs for kids today.

    by Sue Rochman

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    More Than a Girl Singer

    Rosemary Clooney rebounded from a troubled marriage, addictions and mental illness to enjoy a long singing career. Since her death from lung cancer in 2002, treatment advances have offered some hope to other patients.

    by Marilyn Fenichel

  • Yesterday & Today

    Shining a Light

    60 Minutes journalist Ed Bradley tried to “shine a light in a dark corner” through his work, but he kept his long struggle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia private.

    by Brittany Moya del Pino

  • Survivor Profile

    Regaining Her Balance

    Gymnast Shannon Miller's focus and agility helped her capture seven Olympic medals before she was 20. But the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history struggled to overcome the shock of her ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.

    by Kevin Begos

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    Everybody’s Little Buddy

    Bob Denver's portrayal of a bumbling first mate on Gilligan's Island helped make the TV sitcom a pop culture icon. Decades after the show aired, Denver was diagnosed with an uncommon variety of throat cancer.

    by Jocelyn Selim

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    Comic Vision

    Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, was a major figure in the history of the American comic strip. Since his death from colorectal cancer more than a decade ago, screening and new treatments have improved detection and survival.

    by Debra Gordon

  • Yesterday & Today

    From Desire to Daisy

    Whether it was a star turn playing Blanche DuBois or Daisy Werthan, Jessica Tandy sparkled in a tough role. That didn't change after her cancer diagnosis.

    by Karen Patterson

  • Yesterday & Today

    Who Loves Ya, Baby?

    Telly Savalas met his match in bladder cancer. Earlier diagnosis and more aggressive treatment might have made a difference.

    by Jocelyn Selim

  • Yesterday & Today

    The Amazing Ride

    Sally Ride's life was cut short by pancreatic cancer. But as the first American woman in space, she still inspires girls to pursue careers in science–and reach for the stars.

    by Alexandra Goho

  • Yesterday & Today

    The Sex Machine vs. Prostate Cancer

    Even cancer couldn't slow down James Brown.

    by Jocelyn Selim