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Jane Fonda looks celebrates her 85th birthday early at a charity benefit following cancer diagnosis

Jane Fonda looks celebrates her 85th birthday early at a charity benefit following cancer diagnosis

Jane Fonda was the epitome of chic as she celebrated her 85th birthday a month early at a charity benefit in her her honor in Georgia on Thursday.

The actress, who revealed in September she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, looked sensational in a black sequinned suit.

Jane, who celebrates her big day December 21, helped raise money for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, a charity that helps support young people in the state.

Birthday girl: Jane Fonda was the epitome of chic as she celebrated her 85th birthday at a charity benefit in Georgia on Thursday

The Nehru style jacket featured a high neck and was emblazoned with black bejeweled sequins.

The Oscar winner completed the look with a pair of smart black trousers and accessorized with sparkling diamond earrings and a selection of bracelets.

She accentuated her age-defying features with a glamorous make-up palette, complete with pillar box red lip and lashings of mascara.

Perfection: The actress, who revealed in September she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, looked sensational in a sequinned black suit

Perfection: The actress, who revealed in September she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, looked sensational in a sequinned black suit

Famous friends: Jane graciously used her big day to help raise money for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, a charity that helps support young people in the state (pictured with rapper Ludacris)

Famous friends: Jane graciously used her big day to help raise money for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, a charity that helps support young people in the state (pictured with rapper Ludacris)

Styling her silver locks into a chic bob she took to the stage to make an impassioned speech in a bid to raise more money for the charity.

In early September she told fans she feels ‘stronger than she has in years’ as she battles cancer.

The actress shared that she was ‘deeply moved and uplifted by the expressions of love from fans,’ after revealing she had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Dapper: Ludcaris cut a dapper figure in a dark blue velvet suit for the occasion

Dapper: Ludcaris cut a dapper figure in a dark blue velvet suit for the occasion

On stage: Movie director Tyler Perry also joined the actress on stage

On stage: Movie director Tyler Perry also joined the actress on stage

In a post on her official blog, Jane also shared that she was due to start chemotherapy, and despite battling the disease twice before, she’s been told her condition is ‘very treatable.’

In the post, Jane wrote: ‘I have been deeply moved and uplifted by all the expressions of love and support since I made public the fact that I’ve been diagnosed with B-cell Non-Hodgins Lymphoma.

‘My heartfelt thanks to all. The messages of love and support mean the world to me.’

‘I want to say again that this is a very treatable cancer and much progress has been made with the medicines patients are given,’ she added.

Birthday girl: Ludacris serenaded the 9 to 5 star and she was surprised with a large cake decorated with photos of herself

Birthday girl: Ludacris serenaded the 9 to 5 star and she was surprised with a large cake decorated with photos of herself

Honour: (LR)President and CEO of the charity Ronald McNeill, a recipient honored for their work, Jane

Honour: (LR)President and CEO of the charity Ronald McNeill, a recipient honored for their work, Jane

‘Since last week, so many people have written to me or posted that they have had this type of cancer and have been cancer-free for many decades.

‘Well, I’ll soon be 85 so I won’t have to worry about ”many decades.” One will do just fine.’

Detailing her current state of health, Jane explained she is feeling well ahead of her first chemotherapy session in three weeks time, and is following her doctor’s advice to keep active.

She added: ‘Today, about 3 weeks from my first chemo session, I must tell you that I feel stronger than I have in years.

‘The doctor told me the best antidote to the tiredness that chemotherapy can cause is to move. Walk. And I have been walking. Very early before the record heat kicks in. Also working out.’

Cancer: Fonda added this is not her first bout with the disease, as she has survived breast cancer, 'and come through very well and I will do so again'

Cancer: Fonda added this is not her first bout with the disease, as she has survived breast cancer, ‘and come through very well and I will do so again’

Jane also shared a YouTube video that showed her doing squats against a large green ball while holding a pair of dumbbells.

Fonda noted that this is not her first bout with the disease, as she has survived breast cancer, ‘and come through very well and she will do so again.’

She continued: ‘As I said in my statement last week, I am painfully aware that the top-drawer treatment I receive is not something everyone in this country can count on and I consider that a travesty. It isn’t fair, and I will continue to fight for quality health care for all.’

Candid: The star, who previously battled breast cancer, revealed she wore a white gown to the Golden Globes in 2016 that hid her surgery bandages

Candid: The star, who previously battled breast cancer, revealed she wore a white gown to the Golden Globes in 2016 that hid her surgery bandages

She also noted that she is committed to her work ‘confronting the urgent climate crisis, caused by fossil fuels’ and will continue to campaign for the cause despite her health battle.

‘This diagnosis has only made me more determined than ever to continue to end the deadly effects of fossil fuels,’ she continued.

‘While most of us know that fossil fuels are the primary cause of the climate crisis, many may not know that fossil fuel emissions also cause cancer as well as other major health problems like birth defects, childhood leukemia, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease and preterm birth,’ Fonda said.

She added that we as a society, ‘must come together to put an end to this deadly correlation,’ and that too many families have suffered.

‘It does not have to be this way. We have it within our power to change this and I intend to do everything in my power to do so. This cancer will not deter me,’ she insisted.

She went onto ask her fans to visit JanePAC.com, ‘to learn about our work to elect climate champions across the country and counter the outsized influence fossil fuel companies have on our government,’ while asking them to donate, ‘whatever you can. ‘

‘We need you, your friends, your family and colleagues. With the crucial midterms around the corner, it’s all hands on deck!’ she said.

Cancer of the lymph nodes which affects 13,700 new people every year in the UK

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network.

That network consists of the spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes and thymus gland.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can occur anywhere in the body but is usually first noticed in the lymph nodes around sufferers’ necks.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects around 13,700 new people every year in the UK. In the US, more than 74,600 people are diagnosed annually.

It is more common in males than females, and it is commonly diagnosed either in a patient’s early 20s or after the age of 55.

Five-year survival rates:

Survival can vary widely with NHL.

The general survival rate for five years is 70 percent, and the chance of living 10 years is approximately 60 percent.

Symptoms include:

  • Painless swellings in the neck, armpit or groin
  • Heavy night sweating
  • Unexplained weight loss of more than one-tenth of a person’s body
  • itching

Risk factors:

  • over 75
  • have a weak immune system
  • suffer from celiac disease
  • have a family history of the condition
  • have had other types of cancer

Treatment:

It depends on the number and locations of the body affected by Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Therapy typically includes chemotherapy.

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