Back in October, E! News host Giuliana Rancic revealed on The Today Show that medical tests found the early stages of cancer in her body. At the time, she shared the personal decision to have the cancerous lumps removed from her body. Today, Giuliana and hubby Bill Rancic returned to The Today Show to give an update. Sadly, the lumpectomy failed to get all of the cancer out of her body and Giuliana made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy in order to ensure that her body is cancer-free. Click below to watch video of Giuliana and Bill’s appearance on The Today Show earlier today and read some deets about how she came to this difficult decision.
Giuliana Rancic will have a double mastectomy after lumpectomies failed to completely eradicate her breast cancer. Appearing with husband Bill Rancic on NBC’s Today show, the E! host, 36, said the couple considered another lumpectomy and radiation. But they are choosing the more drastic option, she said, because they want to be sure the cancer is gone, and make it much less likely to return – less than a 1 percent chance, according to her doctors. “For me, it was important to get the cancer out,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do, just get it out.” The couple’s desire for children did play a part. The years of medication that follow the lumpectomy-radiation option would have meant delaying parenthood for several years. But the real decision was more basic than that. “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,” Rancic said. She said her husband’s support was crucial in reaching the decision. “Bill said to me, ‘I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid,’ ” she said. “He said, ‘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 just get you healthy.’ And that certainly helped me come to a decision.” She added: “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.”
I cannot, FOR THE LIFE OF ME, ever truly understand what it must be like for a woman to make this kind of decision but it sounds like Giuliana knows what she wants and she has the loving support to move forward with her decision. I first got to meet Giuliana a few years ago, back when she was a DiPandi, and I can assure you … she is as real and as genuine as they come. Her struggle with cancer has revealed her to be an incredibly brave woman and I am just so proud of her for sharing this part of her personal life with the public. I know there are countless (far too many, actually) women out there who may be in Giuliana’s exact situation … and hopefully, she can offer a bit of strength and support by sharing her personal story. I know this decision to undergo a double mastectomy did not come lightly and it will not be an easy one to follow thru with … but, again, I’m glad that Giuliana is sharing this part of her life. If anything good can come from her situation, it is my hope that she can be an inspiration to others. My love and best wishes go out to Giuliana … here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.