Dustin Hoffman & 6 Other Celebs Who Secretly Beat Cancer

Like a number of other celebrities, the actor chose not to reveal his battle with the disease until he was in remission

Dustin Hoffman has been successfully treated for cancer. Didn't know Dustin Hoffman had cancer? Neither did anybody else. The 75-year-old actor kept his diagnosis secret from the public until his treatment was complete.

"It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," Hoffman's rep told People. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health."

Hoffman will continue to undergo preventative treatments in the coming months, which is standard procedure for cancer patients in remission. Beyond that, his rep has revealed no details; we don't know what kind of cancer it was, when he discovered it, or how long he's been under care.

We do know, however, that he's keeping busy. Hoffman just finished shooting the food-truck comedy Chef, starring Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr., and is scheduled to make two more films this year.

Like Hoffman, there are a number of celebs who chose not to share their personal health crises with the world. Here are six other stars who successfully beat cancer --and only went public afterwards.

Kathy Bates

The Oscar winner waited eight years to talk about her ovarian cancer, which came up during a 2012 interview with Anderson Cooper. "I guess it's something I felt I had to face on my own," said Bates. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months later, she decided to go public with her decision to have a double mastectomy.

Judy Blume

The beloved YA author, 75, was supposed to be on vacation in Italy during the summer of 2012. Instead, she spent the summer battling breast cancer, and shocked fans when she revealed the truth in a blog post that fall.

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Mother, 87, kept calm and carried on during two bouts with cancer; a tumor in her colon when she was 66, and a breast tumor when she was 83. The public learned about both cancer battles in a 2009 official biography.

Cynthia Nixon

One of the strongest celebrity advocates for breast cancer research, Nixon, 47, was treated for the disease in 2006. "I didn't really want to make it public while I was going through it. I didn't want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing," said the Sex and the City star.

Ian McKellen

Gandalf fans when into a panic in 2012, when a British newspaper reported that Sir Ian McKellen had prostate cancer. The actor, 74, quickly explained that he'd been misquoted -- he'd secretly beaten prostate cancer six years earlier.

Michael C. Hall

The Dexter star, 42, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009, while shooting the fourth season of his Showtime series. He kept the news from the rest of the cast, then came forward to the media when his cancer was in remission. “I wanted to get as much information as possible and make as many decisions as possible before I let anyone know about it just so that when I let them know, I could tell them as much as I could and answer as many of the questions they would inevitably have,” he explained in 2010.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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