In late 2022, Neighbours star Kate Keltie has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer at just 36 years old, but months later it seems the young star has been cured.
Mid-November, a GoFundMe page had been created on Kate’s behalf by friend Ebony Gilbert who revealed the former actress had been diagnosed with “extremely aggressive” breast cancer which had “spread to other parts of her body.”
Known as metastatic cancer, it spread to Kate’s lymph nodes, blood and hip bones. Upon diagnosis, Kate was informed that she cannot carry children in the future.
“This is devastating news for anyone, let alone at the age of 36, with no family history of breast cancer,” Ebony wrote in the original fundraiser page.
“Kate will then require chemo infusions every three weeks for the rest of her life, and potentially radiotherapy and surgery too.”
The purpose of the page was to relieve the financial stress of paying for medical needs as Kate – who played Michella Scully on the soap series from 1999 to 2004 – was not able to work during chemotherapy.
According to the Daily Mail, the page raised more than $37,000 surpassing its $25,000 goal when Kate shared an “incredible” update to the page in February revealing she was “cancer-free” but the post has since been deleted.
The Daily Mail reports the post read: “I recently received results of my latest scan and was told that there had been a complete metabolic response to diseased areas.”
“In other words, it seems I am cancer-free.”
The fundraiser has been deactivated and deleted from public view.
Kate’s uncle, Michael Keltie recalled the moment he heard the good news, telling the Daily Mail that she had qualified for “a particular type of treatment and had it.”
“When she went back with her mother and father, the doctor said, “It’s gone – it’s completely gone,” Michael said.
“They didn’t know what they were hearing when they were told. They said, “What do you mean, it’s gone?”
“He said, “It’s completely gone.”
In Kate’s alleged deleted update, she wrote: “The nature of my cancer having travelled through the blood stream means that I will receive monthly infusions indefinitely, with no side effects.”
“Surgery is also off the table at this point. Life begins again.”
She concluded her update by thanking “the amazing team” at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and “beautiful family and friends.”
The Daily Mail reports it has reached out to both Kate and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, but there has been no response.