Giuliana Rancic has double lumpectomy, Bill wants to ‘carry some of the load’

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Giuliana Rancic underwent surgery for breast cancer Tuesday, having made the announcement that she had cancer on Monday on the Today show. A lot of people were wondering why Giuliana waited until now to have her breast cancer treated when it was discovered back in August. It’s unclear why she decided to take the time to both make the announcement and treat her cancer, but it’s possible she was waiting until she either had a break in her schedule or was thoroughly off the hormones she was taking for her third round of IVF treatment. She explained on the Today show that she was in the midst of treatment and was taking hormones when the cancer was discovered. Luckily her cancer was discovered early, due to her doctor’s insistence that she get a mammogram before another round of IVF.

As an aside, many of you have mentioned a possible connection between IVF hormones and cancer, particularly breast cancer. The Today Show had a doctor on earlier this week who addressed this issue. She said there is no known link between IVF and cancer and chalked it up to a correlation between older women getting IVF and having higher cancer rates. Other doctors note that more research into the long term effects of IVF is needed.

Giuliana’s husband Bill Rancic was on The Today Show to talk about his wife’s recovery. He was very positive about how well she did during her operation, and was also very sweet and supportive. He said that he wishes he could take on some of the pain and the burden for her. He is doing that, just by being there for her.

As Giuliana Rancic recovers from surgery following her recent revelation that she is battling breast cancer, the E! News anchor’s supportive husband, Bill Rancic, gave an update on the Today show this morning.

“She’s a trouper, she pulled through it and was kind of relieved to get it over with and get the cancer out and is doing well at home,” Bill said while talking about the double lumpectomy that his wife had just undergone. “It was kind of a long day. There’s many steps in the process when you go through this because it was on both breasts.”

However, he and Giuliana remain positive.

“We’re viewing this as a gift,” insisted Bill. “It was caught very, very early and we’re going back to the doctor tomorrow. They had to remove a couple of lymph nodes and we’re hoping we get a report tomorrow.”

While the next step for Giuliana will be radiation treatment, the Fashion Police cohost is planning to get back to work next week.

“She’s excited,” Bill said. “But she’s really viewing life a little bit differently. It’s funny, when you go through a situation like this, it really turns the volume down on the things that really aren’t that important.”

[From E! Online]

At the end of the interview, Bill said they’ve received a lot of tweets from people saying they’ve scheduled mammograms and “that was the goal” of going public with their story.

I didn’t realize that Giuliana had cancer in both breasts! That’s rough, and thank goodness they caught it early. I hope that these two are able to realize their dream of having children soon.



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  1. Rita says:

    I don’t follow them too closely but Bill seems like a real stand-up guy. God bless them both.

  2. Faye says:

    She’s not my favorite person and I don’t watch their show. But my heart goes out to her and to them. I have to say that they seem to be really in love, and I’m glad she has his support.

    I wish her a speedy and full recovery.

  3. mln76 says:

    Not my favorite person either but I think this is so sad and I am wishing her well. I hope she can finally have that family that she’s wanted for so long once she recovers.

  4. Nev says:

    seems like a sweetheart, a good partner…love that!

  5. islandwalker says:

    I don’t care for her either but I’ve lost a beloved SIL and four of my best girl friends to breast cancer. My heart goes out to them and I truly hope for her complete recovery.

  6. brin says:

    I wish them both well.

  7. elan says:

    There is absolutely a connection between taking hormones of any kind (including the pill and HRT for menopause) and cancer. Screening tests and risk assessment quizzes ALWAYS ask these questions. There have been links between excessive soy intake and early development in girls. Her doctor did the right thing by requiring a mammogram before IVF treatment, and I suspect he did so because he knows the risk. Wish her all the best.

  8. Quest says:

    All the best in her recovery and she has our support and well wishes. It is good to have the support of family and friends during a time like this.

  9. Jen34 says:

    I’ve never seen their show, but I remember him from The Apprentice. He was a definite stand out among the other contestants, and I was happy that he won. He’s doing a great job here, and I wish them the best.

    ETA: I, too, beleive there is a connection between hormones and breast cancer. That includes The Pill and any of those meds and injectibles needed for IVF.

  10. Tiffany says:

    I have liked him since The Apprentence, you know before it became a punch line for reality TV. I have watched a few episodes of their show and thought that he was too paternial (or she was just childish ) and later episodes in they balance each other out and genuinely care for each other. >est of luck to all.

  11. gee says:

    Even with her being lucky, she has a hard battle ahead. She is lucky to have him by her side. I agree about their show.. You can see how much they care for eachother.

  12. Ice Bunny says:

    God bless them both. He IS such a stand up guy.. and she seems to be much more grounded and sweet than many have given her credit for in the past. At first I was skeptical about her, but the more I watched them together, they totally grew on me, and I now adore them. (I was elated that he won the Apprentice, I loved him from the start.) A woman could not ASK for a more supportive husband. They have *the* most genuine love affair on reality tv, IMO. They are absolutely perfect for each other. I wish and pray for nothing but the best for them, including a speedy and complete recovery for her, and a baby in their near future.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I don’t care for her either, but definitely wish her well. Too many women (and some men) are facing this, but early detection is so important.

    I find it hard to believe that there’s NO connection between hormone treatments and these cancers – maybe it doesn’t directly cause the cancer, but I have to wonder if it doesn’t speed it up or cause to to start growing.

  14. aenflex says:

    yup dont like her at all, but wouldnt wish this on anyone. hope she makes a speedy recovery

  15. Pyewacket says:

    I truly believe IVF treatments and cancer have a connection.My cousins wife had IVF, and a few years later, a radical hysterectomy. She was not an older woman (late 20’s, early 30’s) and had no cancer history in her family.

    If people have watched Rancic’s show, you would have seen an episode where Rancic became violently ill, several hours after a round of IVF, and was taken to the emergency room.

    I appreciate women wanting their own bio children, but IMO, the risks from IVF far out weigh the benefits. There are so many children needing homes, why not adopt?!

  16. Jayna says:

    I love Guilianna. Great personality.. Bill is a doll. Good luck to both.

  17. Lucky Charm says:

    I believe there is definitely a link between ALL the hormones we ingest (whether knowingly or not) and cancer. With all the hormones injected into our food & water supplies, and the rise in cancer rates, it’s just too coincidental. Organic everything (food, makeup, etc.) is the healthiest way to go. Unfortunately, it’s prohibitively expensive for a lot of people who can’t afford to buy it. This in turn affects our high medical costs that could be reduced by reducing, or even eliminating, all the unnecessary hormones we are exposed to. Ok, off my soapbox now!

    I wish them both the best of luck, in her recovery and their having a baby. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise that she refused to put on the weight the dr. told her to, because if she had and had gotten pregnant, they might not have found the cancer as early as they did.

  18. Abby says:

    Best wishes to them both. She’s so fortunate to have such a caring and loving husband. I hope she has a full and speedy recovery.

  19. KristiR says:

    As for the wait between diagnosis and treatment, lots of times the doctors aren’t in a huge hurry. My mom was diagniosed two years ago in September and didn’t have surgery till the first of November. There were lots of tests, a MRI needle biopsy (that took 2 weeks to even schedule because the techinian was on vacation), and lot of waiting on test results. Meanwhile the patient is on pins and needles just wanting to get rid of the CANCER.

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    I don’t like her, but I certainly don’t wish her ill-will. I hope she is doing well and will be healthy and happy. God love them both, because Lord knows it’s a hard, difficult path.

    (I have a loved one going through the struggle with breast cancer right now, and it is ugly.)

    (“No KNOWN link” is very telling to me – it means more research is REQUIRED.)

  21. Smithy says:

    I was just reading this article and thinking, “I love how the writers at CB always do their research,” and I figure you probably don’t get compliments on it that often– so, thanks for all the hard work you guys do to flesh out your articles, and thanks for always putting source links. 🙂

  22. Alix says:

    I’ve read that she said she was dragged “kicking and screaming” to get the mammo ordered by her doc. Why?

    Since her diagnosis, she may have been on meds to reduce the size of the growths.

    I can’t stand this chick, but I do hope she has a speedy and complete recovery.

  23. ViloDeMenus says:

    Every single woman I’ve known who had IVF therapy got cancer, either breast, uterine or colon cancer. Of the three that died one was 32 and left a child who was 7 years old with a father who had seen him twice and didn’t want him, it’s been a nightmare for the kid.

    I think because it’s such a profit center that patients are not fully informed that if you are predisposed to cancer you will get it after doing IVF therapy. I don’t want to scare anyone off from trying but be prepared that you may not live to raise the child you desperately wanted and would do anything to get – and that child may suffer when you are gone.

  24. gg says:

    Bless her and him and I hope she stays well!

  25. surlymonkey says:

    I’ve never really cared for her at all, but loved him since Apprentice. A few weeks ago, however, their show was playing in the background and I started watching. I liked their relationship. I think they really understand and love each other, even when they are “playing” for the cameras.

    As for the delay, I wonder if she was waiting until the hormones and egg retrieval were successful? She may have wanted to have extra eggs ready just in case the chemo further hurt her chances at fertilizing her own eggs?

    Didn’t Celene Dion and her husband do the same? I thought I read back in the day that he delayed his cancer treatment to harvest his sperm for IVF.

    And with that, I have officially spent way too many brain cells retaining celebrity information……..

  26. Kim says:

    My prayers to her – I wouldnt wish this on anyone.

  27. LBeees says:

    The commenters (they all seem to start with the same sentence, but I’m assuming they are all different people) mentioning how hormones cause cancer… Well let’s just say the plural of anecdote is not data. Correlation is not causation.

  28. Shanunya says:

    Her face in the photo where she’s wearing that orange cover-up. Oh, damn…

  29. Gayle says:

    God Bless the entire family. i beeing watching the reality show for sometime now and I feel connected to the family. This will make you stronger and my prayers are with you!

  30. Pandora says:

    There absolutely. ARE links between hormone therapy and cancer which ismwhy many cancer survivors are unable to take it at all. What I actually wish people would put ,ore focus on is the fact the UNDERWEIGHT women have reduced fertility. Isnt it easier to gain ten pounds than poind your body with potentially harmful hormone therapy???

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