April 6, 2009 / 2:18 PM / in 9 years

Farrah Fawcett could leave hospital this week

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Farrah Fawcett, who has battled cancer for nearly three years, is expected to return home this week after recovering in a Los Angeles hospital from a procedure in Germany, her doctor said on Monday.

<p>Farrah Fawcett smiles as she arrives at Municipal Court to serve jury duty in Beverly Hills in this July 6, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files</p>

“She remains in good spirits with her usual sense of humor,” said Dr. Lawrence Piro. “If everything goes as we hope, we plan to discharge her later in the week.”

Piro said Fawcett had been “in great shape her whole life” and showed an “incredible resolve and incredible resilience.”

Fawcett, 62, was diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006. She declared herself free of cancer four months later but the disease returned in 2007.

She has made several trips to Germany for treatment and returned to there a week ago for a “minor procedure” that caused a small amount of bleeding in one of the muscles of her abdomen, Piro said.

Fawcett is recovering at a Los Angeles hospital, after being admitted late last week.

Some media reports said the actress was unconscious but her representative, Craig Nevius, said they were not accurate.

“She’s not on death’s door,” said Nevius.

One report said Fawcett’s cancer had spread to her liver but that could not be immediately confirmed. Piro declined to comment on that report.

Before this most recent trip, Fawcett had documented her medical trips to Germany and shared the footage with entertainment television shows.

Fawcett, a native of Texas, gained fame as a pinup model with a sexy swimsuit poster in the 1970s and was cast in the TV show “Charlie’s Angels” in 1976 by the late producer Aaron Spelling. She played Jill Munroe, a tanned and glamorous undercover detective with tousled blond hair.

She quit after the show’s first season but the role made Fawcett a huge Hollywood star.

She later went on to earn Emmy nominations for her performance as a domestic violence survivor in 1984’s “The Burning Bed” and for parts in 1989’s “Small Sacrifices” and 2001 drama “The Guardian.”

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and John O'Callaghan

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