Olivia Newton-John's husband gives positive update on her cancer battle

24 May 2019, 16:42 | Updated: 14 October 2020, 22:22

Olivia Newton-John dismisses rumours she has 'weeks to live'

By Tom Eames

Olivia Newton-John is "doing extraordinarily well" as she continues to battle cancer, according to her husband.

The Grease actress has been battling cancer on and off since 1992, and in January responded to reading reports that she had died.

Now, her husband described her story as "very, very impressive", and revealed how medicinal cannabis has been helping her with the pain.

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"Olivia’s doing extraordinarily well. We just got back from the Bahamas, swimming, boating. It’s a very, very, impressive story with Olivia,’ said John Easterling.

The businessman appeared on Channel Nine’s Today Show in Australia to talk about issues facing the nation in accessing medicinal cannabis.

He said: "Right upfront, cannabis is not a cure-all, but an extraordinary botanical with a multitude of benefit.

"For [Olivia], it really relieved the pain and if you look at the studies on cannabis, you’ll see a broad spectrum of uses across the board, not just with cancer and cancer-related pain."

Olivia Newton-John with husband John Easterling
Olivia Newton-John with husband John Easterling. Picture: Getty

Speaking at the beginning of the year, Olivia dismissed rumours that she had passed away, telling fans: "Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated… I’m doing great."

In April, she added: "I thought I had to make light of it because this is just going to continue on and get worse and worse so that’s when I did the video [to say] I’m still here and doing great."

Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time in 2017. The actress and singer was first treated for breast cancer back in 1992, when she had chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy at the age of 43.

It was also revealed that she secretly battled cancer again in 2013, the same year in which her sister Rona died from brain cancer.