Eva Longoria as (Gabrielle Solis), Felicity Huffman (as Lynette Scavo), Marcia Cross (as Bree Van De Kamp), Teri Hatcher (as Susan Mayer), Nicollette Sheridan (as Edie Britt) Desperate Housewives (ABC) Season 3, 2006-2007

Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross is “healthy and happy” after anal cancer

She has thanked fans for their love and support

Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has shared her joy at being “healthy” again following anal cancer.

The actress, who played Bree Van de Kamp in the American drama series, posted a series of messages to Instagram about her diagnosis and recovery.

She first posted a snap of herself pulling a sad face while lamenting her hair loss as a result of her treatment.

The caption read: “So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra. Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”

After the star was inundated with messages from concerned fans, she returned to Instagram to assure everyone she is now healthy and doing well.

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She told them: “Dearest Kindest Followers, I am so sorry my post wasn’t clear. I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY happy, and more present and grateful than ever.

“Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE. Marcia xo.”

Marcia, 56, then posted a lengthier message about her journey and feeling incredibly grateful to be healthy again after her struggle with the disease.

She said: “After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me. How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion!

Marcia Cross, Celebrities attend the NRDC STAND UP! for the Planet 2017 event
Marcia pictured in April 2017 (Credit: SplashNews)

“I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post cancer is #AUTHENTICITY #VULNERABILITY #TRANSPARENCY and of course #LOVE.

“On that note, if you were wondering, I had #analcancer. I know, right?

“Thank you again for your love and for sharing your personal stories of struggle with #cancer and your personal stories of struggles with #cancer and #hair loss and getting your footing in the world. Always, Marcia.”


Marcia  is best known for playing Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives between 2004 and 2012.

More recently she’s starred as President Claire Haas in thriller series Quantico.

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