Giuliana Rancic To Undergo Double Mastectomy
First Published: December 5, 2011 12:07 PM EST Credit: The Today Show
NEW YORK., N.Y. -- As her cancer battles continues, Giuliana Rancic will undergo a double mastectomy, she announced on Monday’s “Today” show.
With husband Bill Rancic by her side, Giuliana revealed she has opted for the major surgery after a previous lumpectomy was unable to rid her body of the cancer.
“For me, it was important to get the cancer out,” Giuliana explained. “That’s what I wanted to do — just get it out.”
The E! TV personality – who first revealed she was battling breast cancer in October — said her desire to have children was a “big part” of her decision-making process.
“That was actually a big part of it, not all of it, but a big part,” she explained to Ann Curry. “But to be honest, at the end, all it came down to was just choosing to live, and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. “That’s really what it came down to.”
Husband Bill said he absolutely supports his wife’s decision — however, it isn’t a choice the couple came to easily.
“This was a decision that wasn’t made lightly. We talked to as many experts as we could, we got the best information that was available to us, and I think one of the other factors was quality of life. If she would’ve gone with the lumpectomy and radiation, then you have to go in every six months for the rest of your life getting mammograms… and you’re always looking over your shoulder,” he said.
And it was that support from Bill that helped Giuliana decide on the double mastectomy.
“Bill said to me, ‘I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid.’ He said, ‘I don’t care what you look like, I don’t care about the physical portion of this, I just need you around for the next 50 years. So, let’s just get you healthy,’” Giuliana told Ann. “And that certainly helped me come to the decision.”
Based on information from her doctors, Giuliana is hopeful the procedure will wipe out the cancer once and for all.
“With the double mastectomy, I have less than a 1 percent chance of getting it back,” she noted. “With another lumpectomy, radiation, medication, I could’ve seen 20 to 30 to 40 percent chance and in my lifetime and for me, it just wasn’t worth it.”
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