After announcing her battle with breast cancer earlier in the week, Giuliana Rancic underwent a double lumpectomy on Tuesday as part of her treatment, her husband Bill Rancic said Thursday on the Today show.
The E! News host, 37, had cancerous growths in both breasts removed. Doctors also removed lymph nodes that they believed may have been affected.
“Giuliana is a trooper. She pulled through it,” Bill Rancic, 40, said. “She’s relieved to have it over with and get the cancer out. She’s doing well at home and recovering – and I’m adding nurse to my resume. She’s having fun with that.”
The surgery, which lasted two hours, appeared to be successful, says Bill. However, a follow up appointment will determine if the cancer, caught in its early stages while the couple were undergoing their third round of in vitro fertilization, had spread to the lymph nodes.
“Giuliana has had a tough year and a half. Between the IVF attempts and now with this, I wish I could carry some of the load,” he said. “Watching her being wheeled into the [operating room] was heartbreaking for me.”
“We’re viewing this as a gift, that it was caught very early,” he says.
Soon Rancic will begin six weeks of radiation. Then, says Bill, “We will kick off 2012 with a new outlook on life.”
(Photo: Zimbio/Source: People)