Alicia Witt reveals cancer battle after deaths of her parents

Alicia Witt arrives at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Bruce Springsteen in Los Angeles. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

June 2 (UPI) — Hallmark Channel actress Alicia Witt has announced on Instagram that she has been battling breast cancer.

“just a little over 2 months ago, i had my last round of chemical therapy prior to my mastectomy. my beloved, brilliant, collaborative, communicative doctor,@habibdoss at @tnoncology, was there to celebrate with us as i rang the bell!” WItt, 46, wrote Wednesday, alongside videos and photos of her in the hospital showing her celebrating the completion of her treatment.

“Although we didn’t yet know for absolute certain until after the mastectomy that the disease was completely healed from my left breast, this marked the end of my carboplatin/taxotere, + herceptin/perjeta (the latter two are immunotherapies which will continue, per protocol for HER2+, through the end of this year).”

Witt added that she wanted to keep her ordeal private “particularly given the horribly public tragedy that had happened in our family just as i was beginning my treatments.”

Witt’s parents Robert, 87, and Diane, 75, were found dead in their Massachusetts home last December, just days before Christmas. In February, authorities announced their cause of deaths as “probable cardiac dysrhythmia” due to the extreme cold weather.

The actress said at the time that she was close to her parents, but described them as “fiercely stubborn,” explaining they were “not penniless” but often refused the help of others, even when they had no heat in their house.

Witt’s credits include “Lore,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Nashville,” “Twin Peaks,” “Twin Peaks: The Return,” “The Walking Dead,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “88 Minutes,” “Cybill,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Dune.” She also is well known for starring in numerous Hallmark Channel holiday movies.



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