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'I know this is crazy': Kathy Griffin posts cancer scan report on SOCIAL MEDIA after doctor 'ghosts' her

'I’m putting my scan results on Instagram in hopes that somebody will put it under an oncologist’s nose and send me some sort of interpretation,' Griffin wrote
UPDATED AUG 23, 2022
Kathy Griffin said that she is unable to find a good oncologist to help her interpret the results of her cancer scan (@kathygriffin/Instagram)
Kathy Griffin said that she is unable to find a good oncologist to help her interpret the results of her cancer scan (@kathygriffin/Instagram)

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA: Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin recently sought her fans' help on social media to interpret her most recent cancer scan results. The Grammy-winning comedian shared her request both on Twitter and Instagram along with the image of her scan report after stating that her previous doctor had "ghosted" her.

Griffin claimed in her social media posts that the surgeon who removed half her lung "ghosted" her. She announced on Monday, August 2, that she was suffering from stage 1 lung cancer and has taken to social media to inform her fans about the diagnosis.


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The comedian wrote in an Instagram post, "OK, I know this is crazy but I cannot get an oncologist on the phone and the surgeon who did my half of lung removal has ghosted me. This is what it’s come to people!" She added, "I’m putting my scan results on Instagram in hopes that somebody will put it under an oncologist’s nose and send me some sort of interpretation in English of what’s going on with my post operation situation!" Later, she concluded, "Social media can be used for good, dammit!"

The cancer survivor also took to Twitter and wrote, "You guys, I don’t really have an oncologist & the surgeon who removed half my lung ghosted me, but I think my #lungcancer scan is clean." She added, "So, since I can’t get anyone on the phone out of my thousands of doctors to interpret this, I’m asking #CancerTwitter ! Hey #oncology."


A prestigious San Francisco anesthesiologist responded to the comedian shortly after she posted her request, saying that the "report looks great" and offered to help her find a new doctor. Dr Jeffrey Swisher, MD, quickly responded to Griffin's post, "Hey Kathy, the report looks great. But to be fully reassured, you really need to schedule an appointment with a pulmonary oncologist and have them look at the actual scan. If you are up in SF I can help you find someone. I will be at Code and we can discuss if you want."


Griffin in her response to the doctor said that she would prefer a female under 50. She wrote, "Thx Doc! I don’t know one. I don’t even have a pulmonologist. The dude I had is like 85 years old. Also no more men. Not kidding. I’d prefer a female under 50. I’d love recommendations for Cedars, St Johns or UCLA! I’ve had s**tty care & it makes me extremely fearful and anxious."

Devasted Griffin also wrote on Twitter, "Sucks! He ruined my vocal chords & my arytenoids permanently! My voice is my living. It’s discouraging 2 me that people are sticking up 4 a surgeon who has caused me so many difficulties. I had stage 1. I sure wish I had gotten chemo/radiation instead of surgery with this hack Dr."

Support started pouring in for the comedian after she shared her test reports. A fan said, "I’m incredibly sorry for what you went through. That being said, I recently heard your voice in a video and it sounded so much better than when you first had your surgery, I couldn’t believe it was post op! Hold your head up high, you’re doing great."

One follower wrote on Instagram, "That’s a pretty good looking report Kathy (as someone who worked in imaging)." Another follower wrote, "Looks like good results and no reoccurring disease in my opinion (RN)."

In December, the 'Suddenly Susan' actress revealed on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' that she was cancer-free after undergoing surgery to remove half of her lung. She said, "I don’t know why, I had a tumor, right? And I’ve never smoked, and it was in there for 10 years."

According to, patients with cancer are advised to seek follow-up treatment. "Follow-up care for cancer means seeing a health care provider for routine medical check-ups. These check-ups may include bloodwork, as well as other tests and procedures that look for changes in your health or any problems that may occur due to your cancer treatment," the website stated.

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