On Monday, December 5, 2011 Giuliana Rancic, 37 years old, announced on NBC’s “Today Show” that she will be having a double mastectomy. She plans to have the mastectomy surgery next week and said that she hopes to be recovered by the time New Year’s Eve comes where Giuliana Rancic and her husband plan to be in Times Square.
Giuliana Rancic and her husband, Bill Rancic, had considered another lumpectomy and radiation, but decided to go with the double mastectomy surgery instead because they wanted to be sure the cancer is completely gone. Having a mastectomy there will be less than 1 percent of a chance for the cancer to return.
Giuliana Rancic, E! News host said, “If I’d 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. So that was something we took into account. But to be honest, at the end it came down to choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life.”
“Bill said to me, ‘I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid, 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 get you healthy.’ And that helped me come to a decision,” Rancic told Ann Curry of NBC’s “Today Show.”
“It was not an easy decision but it was the best decision for me. For me, it was important to get the cancer out. That’s what I wanted to do, just get it out,” she added.
E! News Host, Giuliana Rancic announced publicly in October about her battle with breast cancer and only six weeks after she revealed her battle and the ineffective series of radiation and lumpectomies her decision to undergo the double mastectomy surgery. She said, “I want to make sure to thank everyone and give them an update for being so kind and loving and supportive.”
The Huffington Post reported about Mastectomy surgery, “Mastectomy, or surgical removal of the breast or breasts, can be done both preventively for women who know they have a high risk of breast cancer, and don’t want to take any chances or, in Rancic’s case, as a treatment for breast cancer.
During a mastectomy, doctors remove all breast tissue from the breast. A doctor may recommend mastectomy over lumpectomy and radiation if a person has breast cancer has returned after previous radiation treatments, if you’re pregnant and you can’t undergo radiation, if you have a high genetic risk for returning breast cancer, if you have more than one tumor in different areas in the breast, or if you have an extremely large tumor that doesn’t leave behind much healthy tissue, among other reasons, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Preventive mastectomy, also known as prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy, can decrease the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 90 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.
There are a few different types of mastectomy; one type, called modified radical mastectomy, involves removal of the entire breast, meaning the tissue, areola, skin and nipple are removed, as well as part of the chest wall. Less radical mastectomies include simple mastectomy, where part of the chest wall is not removed; skin-sparing mastectomy, where the breast skin is not removed; and nipple-sparing mastectomy, where only the breast tissue is removed, according to the Mayo Clinic.”