Comedian Kathy Griffinhas revealed she is battling lung cancer and is set for surgery within days.

The American star, 60, told fans on twitter that her doctors are optimistic that she will make a full recovery.

She will go under the knife and have part of her lung removed.

The Emmy Award-winner said in a social media statement that her condition could have been more serious had she not been "fully vaccinated" against the coronavirus.

She also told her 600,000 Instagramfollowing that she has never smoked.

Kathy is being transparent with her fans about the difficult news with thousands already wishing her a speedy recovery online.

She will go under the knife in the coming days (

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She wrote on Twitter: “I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed.

“Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!

“The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung.

“Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing.

“I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.”

Fans have told the star they're right behind her (

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“It’s been a helluva four years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine.”

Kathy added that she has been vaccinated against Covid and “the consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious”.

She urged her followers: “Please stay up to date on your medical check-ups. It’ll save your life."

Her loyal fans were shocked by the news but made sure she knew they were thinking of her.

One wrote: "You're in our prayers. Love you so much girl - you make my entire family howl with laughter, so often. Please take the time you need to heal and know the world adores you...at least those of us who matter do."

She also shared the news on Instagram

Another put: "Love you, @kathygriffinand you got this. I’m sending so much love and prayers your way."

A third told her: "Cancer really picked the wrong one. Kick it’s @$$ my Scorpio queen."

There are two types of lung cancer, and it can come from multiple things, including smoking, secondhand smoke, exposure to certain toxins, and family history.

Back in March 2020 she was to hospital following a trip to Mexico - but she didn't qualify for a Covid-19 test.

She slammed President Donald Trumpfor the lack of tests at the time.

“I just think it’s so obvious that those tests have to be accessible to everybody,” she said. “A lot of people, when they hear the president saying everyone who needs a test should get one, then shouldn’t have to then go to a hospital where, frankly, they may be exposing themselves or exposing others."