Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill Rancic walk hand in hand while leaving NBC's "Today" show in New York City. While on the show Giuliana revealed that she will have a double mastectomy after lumpectomies failed to completely eradicate her breast cancer. Back in October, Rancic announced that she had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. (Pacific Coast News)more pics » Giuliana Rancic (Getty Images)
E! host Giuliana Rancic
has announced that she will undergo a double mastectomy in her ongoing battle with breast cancer. Rancic appeared on the Today show with husband Bill Rancic to share the news with fans and supporters.
"Now, instead of radiation I'm going to go ahead and move forward with a double mastectomy," Rancic told Ann Curry. When asked if her decision had anything to do with her desire to have children, which was a major aspect of the reality TV show Giuliana and Bill, Rancic explained, "That was actually a big part of it...if I had chosen just to do another lumpectomy and then do radiation and then do anti-estrogen therapy, which means 2-5 years of medication that basically puts me into early menopause, then I would have to put off having a baby for several years."
After Giuliana's initial surgery Bill Rancic
explained how much having a family means to him and his wife. The cancer scare came on the heels of several failed attempts at getting pregnant, a issue documented on the couple's reality show Giuliana & Bill. Feeling somewhat powerless, Bill opened up, saying, "Giuliana's had a tough year and a half… I wish I could carry some of the load. I wish I could take some of the pain away."
Both of the Rancic's are remaining optimistic and are in fact treating the whole situation "as a gift." It was Giuliana's frequent appointments for in vitro fertilization that resulted in doctors spotting the cancer early enough to successfully treat the disease. Which goes to show just how interconnected the events in a person's life are.
According to doctors, the double mastectomy will lower her chances of a cancer recurrence to 1%. A lumpectomy, which was the procedure that Rancic was planning on having before she made the decision to surgically remove both breasts, would have had a 20-30% chance of recurrence.
Best wishes to Giuliana and husband Bill on a safe procedure and a healthy recovery.
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