(UnitedVoice.com) – Actress Kate Micucci has announced that she’s recovering from surgery after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. The 43-year-old “Big Bang Theory” star says the tumor was caught “really early,” and the surgery successfully removed it all. She also said she was surprised at the diagnosis.
Micucci was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. She later moved to Los Angeles to study studio art at Loyola Marymount University, then stayed on to pursue a film and TV career. She picked up several guest roles in TV shows, including “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Scrubs”; in 2007, she also teamed up with fellow actress Riki Lindhome to form the comedy music duo, Garfunkel and Oates, creating songs that blend folk music rhythms with amusing, although often sexual, lyrics.
Miccuci’s small size and distinctive appearance earned her a 2013 role in the popular comedy show “The Big Bang Theory,” where she appeared in eight episodes as the painfully shy Lucy, a reluctant love interest for regular character Raj Koothrappali. She has also done a lot of voice acting, featuring in Spongebob, Lego, Scooby-Doo, and Angry Birds cartoons, among many others. She’s been married to musician Jake Sinclair since 2018 and has one son.
On December 13, Miccuci released a TikTok video in which she revealed that she’s in hospital following successful surgery for lung cancer. Introducing the video with “This is not a TikTok, it’s a SickTok,” she said she’d had the surgery the day before and “they got it all out — I’m all good.” She added that the diagnosis had come as a surprise, because she’s never smoked a cigarette in her life. The video included footage of Miccuci wheeling her IV stand down the hospital hallway.
Of people diagnosed with lung cancer, only 26.6% are still alive five years later, according to the American Lung Association, but survivors are heavily skewed to those whose cancer is diagnosed early. If Miccuci’s tumor was caught at the earliest stage, her odds improve to better than 90%, so hopefully, she’ll be entertaining us for a while yet.
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