Olivia Newton-John reveals marijuana's role in her battle against cancer

Olivia Newton-John had been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time
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Olivia Newton-John performs before the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles,California,U.S. November 27, 2016. Reuters/Phil McCarten

Olivia Newton-John had been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in May this year. This is more than twenty years after she was first diagnosed with the disease. While she has been struggling hard over her recent diagnosis, she has opened up about her condition in an emotional interview, which has been labeled by 60 Minutes as the “Interview of the Year.”

In a preview that will air this Sunday, the 68-year-old superstar looked considerably strained while opening up on her cancer diagnosis and the effect it has on her family. A point is even reached where she gets comforted by interviewer Karl Stefanovic, who has also become visibly distressed during the conversation.

Newton-John also revealed that one of the remedies she has turned is medical cannabis. The Australian actress and singer said that she has been using the drug along with other remedies, since it helps her manage pain and is completely legal in her home state of California. 

According to Sky News, Newton-John said she will champion the drug when she gets back to Australia. This will be through a fundraising gala in Melbourne for her foundation, the Olivia Newton-John Wellness and Research Centre.

During her interview, she tries to look on the bright side of things, saying, “I’ve had and I’m having an amazing life, so... everyone goes through something.” Karl then points out that she has had so many battles already.

The movie and music icon was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 when she was 43, Daily Mail notes. This made her undergo a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction.

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