Giuliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy for Breast Cancer
Giuliana Rancic is planning to get rid of her breast cancer once and for all by undergoing a double mastectomy. Find out the reasons behind her decision here.
Though her prognosis was looking good back in October, E! News host Giuliana Rancic announced yesterday that she’s planning to undergo a double mastectomy, followed by immediate reconstruction. Unfortunately it seems that the lumpectomies she’s already undergone failed to fully eradicate her breast cancer; so in an appearance with husband Bill on The Today Show, she revealed that she’s opting for the more drastic procedure.
What prompted this decision? A lot of things, as you might expect, one of which was her and Bill’s continued desire to have children. If she had gone the lumpectomy/radiation route, the surgery would have been followed by two to five years of anti-estrogen therapy, the effects of which would have put her body in early menopause. We’re well aware of the couple’s hardships when it’s come to children in the past, so it makes sense that they wouldn’t necessarily want to have to wait so many years before trying again.
“But to be honest,” she went on, “in the end, all it came down to was just choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life.” Who would want to go in for mammograms every six months for the rest of your life and constantly worrying about the results? Not Giuliana. She also pointed out that if she had more lumpectomies, it would be possible for the cancer to come back—and to come back much more aggressively, at that. “So for me,” she said, “it was mostly just important to get the cancer OUT.” With the double mastectomy, there’s less than a one percent chance that the cancer might return, whereas with a double lumpectomy and radiation, she’d be looking at a 20, 30, or even 40 percent chance of it returning.
Kudos to Bill, by the way, for how supportive he’s been throughout the whole ordeal. He’s been looking at his role as being “to make sure that [Giuliana] was armed with as much information and the best information possible, so that she could make the right decision.” She also said that he’s helped her keep things focused, but also that he’s helped remind her of light and laughter and all the good things in life.
E!, likewise, is taking it all in stride; according to the Hollywood Reporter, the network will be using its on-air ensemble as a group to fill in the gaps resulting from Giuliana’s hiatus, rather than pulling in a new person to sub for her. Her goal right now is to have the whole thing over and done with by Christmas; here’s wishing her an incident-free surgery and a speedy recovery!
Watch the video of Giuliana and Bill’s Today Show appearance here:
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.