“I thought it was burnout,” Park So Dam Opens Up About How She Reacted To Her Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis

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Park So Dam, who returns to the screen with “Ghost” after thyroid papillary cancer surgery, confessed that before she was diagnosed, she thought she just had a burnout.

Park So Dam, who appears in the movie “Ghost” (director Lee Hae Young), shared her thoughts on returning after overcoming papillary thyroid cancer through an interview conducted on January 16 in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

The movie “Ghost,” which will be released on January 18th, depicts the endless operation and the struggle of suspects trapped in remote hotels, suspected of being spies planted by anti-Japanese organizations in Gyeongseong and Joseon in 1933.

Park So Dam plays the role of Yuriko, an ambitious woman who rose to the position of secretary of the chief of general affairs, the influential figure of the governor-general, even though she was a Korean by using his provocative charm as a weapon.

Park So Dam said, “Director Lee Hae Young was with me for my first starring role, “Kyungsung School: The Disappearing Girls.” Director Lee Hae-young said, “So Dam, can you show us your crazy energy?’ I was really looking forward to it.” 

When asked if the ‘crazy energy she had hoped for was captured in the film, Park So Dam, instead of answering, confessed the anxiety she felt while filming “Ghost” while in poor physical condition due to papillary thyroid cancer.

Park So Dam underwent papillary thyroid cancer surgery in December 2021, after filming “Ghost”.

Park So Dam said, “At the time of filming, I didn’t know I was sick. I only thought I had burnout. It was the first time I was afraid to go on set. I think my body sent me a signal, but I thought it was just a mental problem. I was so sorry to my seniors. After the filming was over, I even cried because I was sorry.”

Park So Dam, who was afraid to see the finished work, said, “However, the director said, ‘I’m not the kind of person who can easily get OK, so you can trust me. It was such a bad situation, but if I had been a little late, I would have almost not been able to record.”

She said, “I am grateful these days for just being able to recover my health and meet many people and greet them with my voice.”

In response to the question, “How is your current condition?” Park So Dam said, “I’ve gotten a lot better, but my skin has turned upside down because of hormonal imbalance. I’m going to Pilates 5-6 times a week to find the stagnant flow of my body. My physical strength is as good as before. When I think about this time last year, I just think that I’m really happy.”

Park So Dam’s movie “Ghost” will be released on January 18th.


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