Farrah Fawcett's Cancer Battle Continues

Actress confirms that, three months after being declared cancer free, the disease has returned and she is weighing treatment options; Fawcett is planning a libel suit against the National Enquirer for last year's "Farrah Begs: Let Me Die" headline

By Natalie Finn May 19, 2007 2:30 AMTags

The fight of Farrah Fawcett's life is heading into round two.

Three months after being given the all clear, the former Charlie's Angels star has confirmed that doctors found a small malignant polyp in the same area where she was treated for anal cancer earlier this year.

The cancer has not spread, Chasing Farrah executive producer Craig Nevius told E! News, and "physically, she is doing great," adding that Fawcett has been playing sports and painting.

Fawcett has also been spotted out and about with longtime companion Ryan O'Neal, who appears to have been right by her side throughout, and their 22-year-old son, Redmond.

She is still weighing her treatment options, which include having a small metal "seed" planted that will emit radiation, but Fawcett's previous experience battling the disease has only served to make her stronger, Nevius says.

"Throughout the journey of my life, I have maintained a strong faith in the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity," Fawcett said last October when faced with her first diagnosis. "I deeply believe in one’s own positive will to overcome even the most daunting challenges."

But while the National Enquirer, which first reported the story, was right about Fawcett's cancer returning, the actress still has a bone to pick with the tabloid's initial take on her illness.

Nevius confirmed to E! News that a lawsuit against the Enquirer regarding its Dec. 18, 2006, headline "Farrah Begs: Let Me Die!" has been in the works since February.

"While Farrah is prepared to continue the fight she began last fall, she is not prepared to allow the tabloids to continue to invade her privacy or use one confirmed truth as the foundation on which to build numerous fabricated articles which are always attributed to 'unnamed sources'—either because they are not credible or because they don't exist," Nevius said in a statement.

Calling such a story "false and purposefully malicious," he said that such negativity could be harmful not only to Fawcett and her family but to thousands of individuals who are battling cancer, as well.

"While Farrah still believes 'Positivity Is a Necessity,' it is now clear that the tabloids are as invasive and malignant as cancer and must be dealt with in the same aggressive manner...Farrah knows that her fans (or any human being with a heart, soul or conscience) will understand and support her position."

She is planning to sue for libel, invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress, said Nevius.

After completing courses of chemotherapy and radiation, Fawcett was declared cancer free in February, right in time for her 60th birthday.

"In the face of excruciating pain and uncertainty, I never lost hope and it never occurred to me to stop fighting—not ever," the actress said.

And, according to those close to her, there's plenty more where that came from.