Ian McKellen Doesn't Have Cancer After All, but These Stars Are Fighting the Disease

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Ian McKellen Doesn't Have Cancer After All, but These Stars Are Fighting the Disease

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Brooke Burke

Veteran actor Ian McKellen made a startling confession this week: He's been fighting prostate cancer for "six or seven years."

"You do gulp when you hear the news," the actor told the U.K. Mirror. "It's like when you go for an HIV test, you go 'Arghhh is this the end of the road?"

Except, he's not battling cancer at all. What gives? It turns out the magazine took the quotes out of context from a years-old interview.

"No, he does not have prostate cancer. … That was taken out of context and from an interview from years ago," his agent told ABC News .

Luckily, "The Hobbit" actor isn't battling the disease, but these celebs are fighting cancer.

Brooke Burke-Charvet

"Dancing With the Stars" host Brooke Burke-Charvet just went through surgery to treat her thyroid cancer. Luckily, she's doing quite well.

"Thank God it's over," the mom of four tweeted post-operation. "I'm clean, surgery went well and I can talk. Losing my voice was my biggest fear. Thanks for all your prayers and light."

And it worked! She revealed Wednesday that all the nasty cells are gone.

"I just got the results back from all of my tests and great news -- the thyroid cancer has been removed from my body and all my lymph nodes are clear," she wrote in a post on her website. "So I'm hoping that this is the end of the story. Woohoo!!! And thank GOD!"

Brandi Glanville

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville just revealed that she needs to have surgery to remove a benign tumor from her breast.

"I'm anxious about the recovery but have great friends who will be playing nurse," she told InTouch Weekly. "I'm ready to get it over with and feel better."

Diem Brown

"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" star Diem Brown has been outspoken about her second battle with ovarian cancer. She routinely blogs on the subject for People and is very forthcoming about the challenges - and the fears - that go along with the disease.

"It's called the silent killer for a reason," she wrote. "There's not many symptoms, there's not many tests you can do to find out if you have it."

Plus, it helps her find the "silver lining" to her disease. In her case? Helping others

"I want to bring more awareness to ovarian cancer," she added.

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