Farrah Fawcett Tackles New Challenge: Cancer
October 4, 2006

Farrah Fawcett has always touted she’s up for any obstacle thrown her way. But now, the legendary TV darling is facing the challenge of her life.

The ageless icon is waging a brave battle against intestinal cancer. "Extra" has learned the "Charlie’s Angel" has been undergoing radiation treatment as she prepares for surgery and chemotherapy.

Despite this harrowing time, just two days ago Farrah and her former flame, Ryan O’Neal, were working out together at his gym in Los Angeles.

Ryan was often seen on her reality show, "Chasing Farrah," and he fought his own battle with leukemia in 2001.

Farrah’s devastating cancer news came just after an emotional "Charlie’s Angels" surprise reunion at the Emmy Awards in late August.

Backstage, Farrah’s fellow angel Kate Jackson told "Extra" about their precious 30-year friendship.

"Farrah and I are gorilla-glued at the hip," Kate said.  

In a bizarre twist, both Kate and Jaclyn Smith have also battled cancer, but the beautiful Kate told us her secret to surviving the tough times.

"As long as you are healthy and you have love in your life, you are fine," she shared.

"Extra" has also discovered there’s a new angel in Farrah’s life: none other than Katie Couric, whose husband died of colon cancer.

We’ve learned Katie is working behind the scenes to help Farrah get the best doctors and the best treatment.

Ironically, back in the ‘80s, Farrah was the spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. Tragically, her older sister died of lung cancer in 1998.

And just recently, the beautiful blonde told us how much living a healthy lifestyle means to her.

"When I work out, it makes me eat healthier," Farrah shared.

We wish Farrah nothing but good health on her rapid road to recovery, and she is asking the public respect her privacy as she goes through this emotional healing process.

 


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