An exclusive interview with 60 minutes reporter Liz Hayes has given Australia an update on Olivia Newtown-John’s cancer diagnosis, revealing that she is currently living with stage four cancer.

Olivia Newton-John was first diagnose with breast cancer in 1992 and following a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction she was able to overcome the illness.

In 2013, the cancer reappeared and she began treatment out of the spotlight. A few years later in 2017, Olivia and her family delivered the devastating news that the cancer had returned for a third time.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer three times, the actress and singer said that she felt lucky to still be here and spending time with her family at her home in Santa Barbara, California.

“I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it,” Olivia said to live Hayes, speaking very openly and candidly about her health issues.

“Everyday is a gift now, particularly now.”


Earlier this year, rumours began circling that her illness had taken over and that she was on death’s door. At the time, Olivia Newton-John disputed the claims after posting a video to her social media accounts.

She told Liz Hayes that putting a time limit on someone’s life could actually worsen their illness and that she actually looks at death as something “a long way away”.

“When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis, you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit,” Olivia continued.

“If you believe the statistic, you’re going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, ‘you have six months to live’, very possibly you will – because you believe that.”

Newton-John told Hayes that she is now living with stage four cancer and that it had metastasized and spread to her bones.


In order to treat her illness, Olivia said that she is using a combination of conventional and alternative medicines, including medical marijuana grown by her husband john Easterling in California.

She believes that the cannabis is one of the main reasons why she is able to live a relatively normal life with her cancer, revealing that it assists with her sleep, anxiety and pain management.

Olivia and John are now campaigning to have medical cannabis legalised in Australia to help others suffering with cancer to help treat the illness and overcome the pain.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre’s annual fun run will also take place on Sunday October 6 to help raise money for cancer research.