by Lucinda Loveless
Just over a month after undergoing a lumpectomy for breast cancer, the 37-year-old E! TV host, Giuliana Rancic will undergo a double mastectomy. The E! news anchor announced on "The Today Show" that she would have the procedure followed by reconstructive surgery next week.
Last October, Giuliana revealed that she had learned that the cancer had not completely cleared out of one breast, following the double lumpectomy performed at the end of October.
According to Dr. Marisa Weiss, president and founder of Breastcancer.org, a mastectomy can be medically necessary where doctors can't remove the entire lump.
"For someone with early-stage breast cancer, having a lumpectomy with radiation is equally as effective as a mastectomy, but only if doctors can get clear around the lump."
Many women, Weiss explained, may then choose to have the other breast removed in order to prevent cancer on that side, or if they already had cancer that was removed, to prevent it from coming back.
Actress Christina Applegate, star of NBC's "Up All Night," also underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 in order to prevent the return of breast cancer, as did actress Wanda Sykes earlier this year.
Giuliana told "The Today Show,"
"With the double mastectomy, I have less than a 1 percent chance of getting it back. With another lumpectomy, radiation and medication, I could have seen 20 to 30 to 40 percent chance in my lifetime and for me it just wasn’t worth it."
Giuliana has another significant reason to go through with this procedure. She and her husband have had a long and public struggle trying to conceive a child.
"If I had chosen to just do another lumpectomy and then do radiation and then do anti-estrogen therapy, which means two to five years of medication, that basically puts me into early menopause, then I would have to put off having a baby for several years."
She also wants to send out the message to others that a mastectomy is a life saving operation and nothing to be ashamed of.
"When they first told me mastectomy was an option, I said, 'Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I am 37 years old. I don't want to do it' because to me, the word was very scary and it meant I would be disfigured."
But once a close friend underwent the same procedure, she realized that women in that situation can indeed be beautiful. While she acknowledges that the decision to undergo a double mastectomy may not be right for everyone, it's the right one for her.
"It came down to was just choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life."
At Celebrity Chatter, we applaud Giuliana's openness and positive attitude and above all and wish her an uneventful procedure and speedy recovery.
Most of all, we hope that the next "medical" news we hear about Giuliana is that she is cancer-free, followed by news of a pregnancy in the near future.
What do you think about Guiliana's decision to be so open about her breast cancer and treatment? Does it encourage you to get your breast exam and mammogram?
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