Christina Applegate is set to share some fabulous news this morning. According to E!, Applegate filmed an interview with Robin Roberts on Monday morning in which she says that she is now completely free of cancer – a true testament to the importance of early detection.
Christina Applegate has great news. “They got everything out, so I’m definitely not going to die from breast cancer,” the Samantha Who? star says in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday on Good Morning America. The 36-year-old actress, whose mom also battled—and survived—the disease, revealed earlier this month that she had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and was undergoing treatment.
Applegate, said that she has been getting regular mammograms since she turned 30. A second MRI, part of the follow-up from a biopsy she had last year, revealed the cancer. “I was so mad and I—I just remember I was—I was just shaking,” she told GMA cohost Robin Roberts, herself a breast-cancer survivor, on Monday. “And then also immediately, I had to go into…’take-care-of-business mode,’ which was…I asked them, ‘What do I do now? What—what is it that I do? I get a doctor, I get a surgeon, I get an oncologist? What do I do?'”
Apparently she did what was right for her, which included penciling in all the help she needed and switching to a macrobiotic diet. “I’m clear,” Applegate said. “Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean. It did not spread. They got everything out, so I’m definitely not going to die from breast cancer.”
[From E! News]
E! doesn’t say if Applegate discusses what course of treatment she chose. I’m also curious when she found out she had cancer, and if she waited a bit to get a clearer prognosis before releasing a statement. No matter what this sounds like great news, and really serves as a reminder about the importance of diligent checkups from an early age.
Here’s Christina at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. Images thanks to PR Photos.
Amazing news!! Woo-hoo!!
That’s amazing!! I am so glad for her.
I’m glad to hear that! I was sort of surprised, since it seems to me that she just announced she had it, and always thought a wait and see was in order with cancer. But positive thinking plays a big part in the cure of any disease, and I hope she’s right!
I was also surprised at regular mammograms from the age of 30 on, I thought doctors recommended them from 40 on. But maybe she’s more edgy because of her mom – I know that my mom losing a breast to cancer has inspired me to do regular checkups. In any event, it’s terrific that she found it early and was able to treat it.
Syko, they do generally recommend mammograms starting at 40, unless you have a strong family history. I had to start getting them at 30 myself, for that very reason. Good thing she was diligent about it!
Thank God that nowadays breast cancer isn’t an automatic death sentence.
I agree Syko, it’s a bit early to say she is cancer free. Doesn’t she still need to have PET scans for the next year or two? (Sorry to hear about your Mom)
I started having mammograms in my late 20’s because of family history.
Maybe this is a wake up call for all women out there to be proactive in their health care. It can happen to you.
I had breast cancer at 31 years old and let me tell you that her comments are incredibly irresponsible and ignorant. Yes you still have scans for at least five years in most cases, but with her family history I would imagine every year forever. AND there is no freaking CURE for breast cancer and it is just incredibly offensive to others who are struggling with the disease after very similar diagnosis, the way that she makes the assumption that she will not die from breast cancer as if it can’t come back at any point. I am also “free and clear” of breast cancer and have been for three years, and I don’t have her family history, but I am all too aware that it can come back and way too often it does come back and has come back for way too many young women. Making it sound like no big deal in the press is just infuriating. She should know better before she goes spewing crap to the media.
Ok, and one more thing.. lol.. obviously this is a passionate subject for me, but I have watched no less than 10 friends die this year, most of them were stage I when they were diagnosed less than five years ago.
What I wanted to say is to those of you with a family history.. you should be getting scans and/or ultrasound, not mammograms if you are under 40. My daughter will start seeing my oncologist this year for a baseline and annual checks at 18 years old. It is that serious.
I heard on the radio that she got a double mastectomy. Is this true??? If so, maybe that’s why she thinks she in the clear. I HATE cancer!!!! 👿
Yeah, I just checked into it further and she did have a double mastectomy. So I guess that means she definately won’t die of breast cancer, right?
Prissa, you’re right.
I just tried to post a link to people, it went to spam.
So sad, here’s from the People article:
Applegate has double mastectomy
US actress Christina Applegate has had both of her breasts removed after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The star told US breakfast show Good Morning America, she was “100% clear and clean” following the procedure.
“It did not spread. They got everything out, so I’m definitely not going to die from breast cancer,” she added.”
(Daisy, just adding it since your link is temporarily held up by the mods.)
Wow, a double mastectomy is tough!
I never learned about starting mammograms at 30 if you have a family history, since I was past that age when my mom developed hers, she was over 70. She did wonderfully well with the surgery, but it was enough to make me opt to not do hormone replacement after menopause.
First off, I want to offer my sincere condolences to everyone here who’s lost a loved one to cancer. It’s a helpless feeling to watch someone succumb to this terrible disease, and frightening to think it could happen to us.
Since there are some people clearly in the know on this thread, I was hoping for a little advice: My aunt died of breast cancer at 57, but no one else in the family (including my Mom) has been diagnosed. I’m 33. Should I start the mammograms now? Or wait until I’m 40? My OBGYN didn’t seem that concerned, but that doesn’t necessarily make him right.
Thanks in advance for any guidance.
Syko, I agree about the hormones. What do you do for the symptoms? I tried Black Kohosh but I still feel like biting the heads off of baby kittens sometimes, any suggestions?
Codzilla; I think it is immediate family, sister, Mom,that is more of an indicator. But I’m not a professional. It was my Mom who had cancer.
My daughter (30) just found a lump in May. Her MD set her up for a ultrasound & Mammogram. The lump was a dense breast mass that is benign and hasn’t grown, but she will still have it checked every 6 months.
Go with your gut and don’t take chances with your life.
Thanks, Daisy. And best of luck to your daughter.
Geronimo, thanks! I hate when that happens.
Hey, cool tips. Perhaps I’ll buy a glass of beer to the man from that forum who told me to go to your site 🙂