Surviving Breast Cancer: Affliction of the Stars

Now cancer-free, Etheridge recommends eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and donated the proceeds from "Piece of My Heart" sales to benefit breast cancer research.

In April 2006, Etheridge and partner Tammy Lynn Michaels announced that Michaels was pregnant with twins via an anonymous sperm donor. Michaels gave birth to a son, Miller Steven, and a daughter, Johnnie Rose, on Oct. 17, 2006.

Sheryl Crow

Rocker Sheryl Crow has something to sing about: recovering from cancer. The nine-time Grammy winner was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in February 2006, at age 44.

Crow underwent successful minimally invasive surgery for breast cancer just after being diagnosed. According to her Web site, her doctors confirmed her prognosis as excellent, and she received radiation treatment as a precaution. She is said to be in remission.

Crow was engaged to cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, a seven-time winner of bicycling's Tour de France, who said he was "confident she will have a full and complete recovery and the world will be a better place for it." The couple broke up in early February 2006, just before her breast cancer diagnosis.

On May 12, 2007, Crow announced on her Web site that she had adopted a 2-week-old boy named Wyatt Steven. The baby makes an appearance on the song "Lullaby for Wyatt," which will be featured in the upcoming movie "Grace Is Gone."

Crow also wrote a foreword to the book "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips," author Kris Carr's book that was based on her 2007 documentary film "Crazy Sexy Cancer."

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John catapulted into fame in 1978 when she shimmied and sang beside John Travolta in "Grease." But she is also a well-known advocate for breast cancer causes. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, at the age of 43, the same weekend her father died.

After undergoing a mastectomy and partial breast reconstruction, Newton-John became increasingly candid about her battle with breast cancer and has become a proponent of the importance of early detection. Her personal victory against cancer led her to create the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. The center will provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research.

Newton-John finished her 36th album, "Stronger Than Before," in 2005. "I thought this was my opportunity to give something back and write songs that would give other women inspiration and hope," Newton-John told "Good Morning America."

In 2008, Newton-John will join Judy Brooks and Roy Walkenhorst as a co-host of the PBS series, Healing Quest.

Edie Falco

When Sopranos star Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, she decided to keep it a secret. The Emmy-winning actress underwent cancer treatment while working on the hit show. She was given a clean bill of health in August 2004, though the details of her treatment were never disclosed.

Falco has won three Emmys, two Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She appeared in the films "Trust," "Cop Land," "Random Hearts," "Freedomland," and John Sayles' "Sunshine State," for which she received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In December 2004, after her cancer treatment was completed, Falco adopted a baby boy, whom she named Anderson , which was her mother's maiden name.

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