The E! star announced this morning during the “The Today Show” that she has finally agreed to undergo double mastectomy. Giuliana Rancic, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October. The reality TV host has undergone various alternative treatments until now, such as, lumpectomies, radiation and anti-estrogen therapy. However, doctors advised her to opt for a mastectomy because it is a safer treatment.
After getting more information about the procedure, the 37-year-old star decided to follow doctors’ advice. Thus, Rancic will undergo a surgical intervention which presupposes the removal of both breasts, but her physical aspect will be immediately reconstructed after the operation.
The main factor contributing to Rancic’s final decision was the effectiveness of this medical treatment against breast cancer. According to Giuliana, the alternative treatments that she used so far did not completely remove the risk of developing cancer again; there were still 20, 30 or 40 percent chances for the reality star to get sick again. Dr. Marisa Weiss, told reporters that mastectomy is used to remove the entire lump and, thus, the chances of developing cancer twice in a lifetime are diminished to 1 percent.
Giuliana also revealed the second reason why she agreed to remove both her breasts: the star wants to have a child. The couple has been desperately trying to fight infertility for a while now, but the results have never been successful. During the E! interview released this morning, the star told reporters that lumpectomy, radiation and anti-estrogen therapy would force her to put off her pregnancy plans for another couple of years.
Her husband, Bill, 40, has always supported her, especially now that Rancinc is going through such rough times. Bill was the one who convinced her to have a mastectomy because he told Giuliana that he wants her “to be around for another 50 years”. Based on Rancic’s statements, the former apprentice declared that he doesn’t care about his wife’s looks; all he wants is for her to be healthy.
Giuliana has become even stronger than she used to be. She has already made plans for New Year’s Eve; in fact, she is determined to fully recover by then so she can be in Times Square at the beginning of 2012.