Why I kept my cancer a secret: Bates
Kathy Bates. Picture: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill.

Kathy Bates has revealed that she was advised to keep her cancer battle a secret.

The Oscar-winning actress kept the disease completely out of the public eye partly because of work reasons, she's told Anderson Cooper in a recent interview.

Kathy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 but she did not reveal her diagnosis until nearly six years later when she revealed that she was in total remission.

"I was advised to (do so)," the 63-year-old actress told Anderson.

"I was contracted to go into a movie at that time, Little Black Book with Brittany Murphy, who I miss very much.

"My doctors at the time, they had to get insurance approval and all of that so I was very quiet about it and had to go back to work right away," she said.

But Bates says that not all of her reasons were work related and she had a personal issue with it too.

"Nobody else really knows what you're going through except another cancer patient," Bates said.

"Even though your family's supportive and surrounds you, I just got to the point where I would go to chemo by myself and just really go through it on my own.

"I admire people who have been open, like Melissa Etheridge and women I see walking around facing it without wigs and all of that stuff. I think I'd be more courageous next time," Bates said.


The West Australian

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