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Bill Rancic Tells 'Today' That Giuliana Is Doing Well After Cancer Surgery (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 20th 2011 9:45AM
Giuliana Rancic shocked Ann Curry when she announced live on Monday's 'Today Show' that she has breast cancer. The next day she underwent a double lumpectomy and had some lymph nodes removed, and her husband Bill spoke to Curry this morning about the surgery and how his wife's doing.

Bill said they're both doing okay, and that Giuliana expects to return to work next week. He also thanked viewers at home on her behalf for all their support: "It's definitely helped Giuliana get through this." The two-hour surgery went well and Giuliana is now recuperating at home.

Bill said that although it was "heartbreaking" to see her have to undergo the surgery, "we're looking at this as a gift" because the cancer was detected in the very early stages. He also said it's helped the couple focus on what's important in life.

Because she had surgery on both breasts, Giuliana had a lengthy MRI and mammogram before the lumpectomy, during which guidewires were inserted so that the surgeon knew exactly which pieces to remove.

Praising his wife as "a trouper," Rancic acknowledged the strain that she's been under for the last 18 months. The couple's reality show, 'Giuliana & Bill,' has chronicled their recent journey throught the world of fertility doctors and IVF treatment.

Giuliana will learn tomorrow if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and will then embark on a six-week course of radiation therapy. Then, said Bill, they will look to 2012 "with a new outlook on life and we're ready to take on the world."

Information about breast cancer detection, treatment and support can be found online at The National Cancer Institute, at National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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