Giuliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy

A previous treatment did not completely eradicate her breast cancer

By Michael Kaplan
|  Monday, Dec 5, 2011  |  Updated 5:56 PM CDT
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On the Today Show, E-Entertainment star Giuliana Rancic revealed she will undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her chance of getting a second breast cancer.

On the Today Show, E-Entertainment star Giuliana Rancic revealed she will undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her chance of getting a second breast cancer.

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Giuliana Rancic will undergo a double mastectomy after previous lumpectomies failed to completely eradicate her breast cancer, the E! News host announced Monday on the Today Show.

Rancic, 37, who lives in Chicago with her husband, Bill, initially underwent a double lumpectomy. She said she opted for the more radical treatment over another lumpectomy because she said she didn't want to worry about "looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life."

"It was a very hard decision to come to," Rancic told Ann Curry. "But in the end what happened was, Bill said to me, 'I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid. 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.' "

"I'm going to go ahead and move forward with a double mastectomy," she said.

Bill Rancic, who was by his wife's side Monday morning, said it was a big decision.

"In the one breast they weren't able to clear the margins and get all the cancer out. So we were then faced with a decision to make," he explained. "Do you go back and do another lumpectomy, and try to clean it out or do you go for a more radical procedure?"

Having children was another reason Rancic said she opted for the treatment. She said the anti-estrogen therapy involved with another lumpectomy and radiation could delay that process by years.

The Rancics have planned to open a restaurant in Chicago's River North in the spring.

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