In an interview with People magazine, the Meet The Parents actor and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow, revealed that she was diagnosed in 2018 with adenoid cystic carcinoma, an oral cancer that usually develops in the salivary glands. “I remember I looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, ‘Are you lonely up there?'” she says in the interview. “It’s a sneaky disease. But I’m fine and dandy now. And I’m lucky to be alive.”
Danner says she has undergone three surgeries for the cancer, the most recent in 2020 when the cancerous tissue was removed.
“Everyone is touched by cancer in some way,” she says, “but it’s unusual for a couple to have the same cancer.” She adds,