E! host and personality Giuliana Rancic is currently battling breast cancer and after several lumpectomy surgeries failed to eradicate the cancer, she has announced that she will go with the more drastic option to have a double mastectomy.
Giuliana and her husband Bill appeared on NBC’s Today show to announce that Giuliana has chosen the more dramatic option to ensure that the cancer is gone and according to her doctors, this surgery will give the cancer only a 1% chance to return.
“At the end, to be honest, all it came down to was just choosing to live, and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life,” says Rancic.
Giuliana discovered she had breast cancer while undergoing routine IVF treatment and the couple’s desire to have children weighed heavily on her decision to not get another lumpectomy which would mean years of medication that would put off getting pregnant for several more years.
“For me, it was important to get the cancer out. That’s what I wanted to do, just get it out.”
She’s also using her battle to be a positive message about breast cancer treatments, “First, I would like to take the stigma away. ‘Mastectomy’ the word seemed so scary to me at first. After doing research and seeing the advancements, the surgery has come a long way from 20 years ago. The results can be incredible,” says Rancic.
She’s also have immediate reconstructive surgery afterwards, “Not only can it save your life, but you can come out feeling healthier and with a positive self-image,” she says.
Also, Giuliana’s wonderfully supportive husband played a part in her decision to have the operation.
“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 the physical portion of this. I just need you around for the next 50 years. So let’s just get you healthy,’” Rancic quoted him as saying, “And that certainly helped me come to a decision.”
Rancic adds that she’s confident in the decision she’s making.
“I couldn’t be more at peace with the decision. But it’s hard, and I still break down some nights…But I’m okay.”
“It was not an easy decision, but it was the best decision for me. I’ll be able to say that I survived something major and it’s made my stronger. I will be a better woman for it.”