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E!’s Giuliana Rancic revealed to the Today Show this morning that along with her struggle to get pregnant she has found out she is in the early stages of breast cancer, but she will have surgery later this week!
“Through my attempt to get pregnant through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer,” she said. “It’s been a shock.”
The news came about just days before she and husband Bill Rancic headed to a Colorado fertility center.
Just prior to beginning their third round of treatments, the doctor she was working with told her she needed to get a mammogram to ensure there was no possibility of cancer before attempting to get pregnant, as the hormones would accelerate any cancerous cells present in her body. After resisting, Rancic agreed to get one.
“I wasn’t prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40 years old, like I’d been told. I never in my wildest dreams expected anything to be wrong.”
The next day, she received a call back informing her that she needed to return to the hospital, as doctors had found “something.”
“It was just a kick in the stomach,” she said. As she was just a few days away from her trip, doctors gave her permission to go to Colorado and do the retrieval, but not to attempt to get pregnant until the results were back in.
As for when she was informed of her diagnosis, she said, “That was definitely the hardest day.”
“I went into the hospital in L.A., when they came in to tell me, they said it pretty quickly, they just said, ‘I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.’ It’s what you expect, but so much more, it was like, incredible instant sobbing and the world just crashed down around me. I couldn’t believe itâ€”36 years old, no family history? I couldn’t believe it.”
Rancic said the support she’s received from her husband Bill during the past few weeks has “been everything.”
So, what about getting pregnant…
“I’m not gonna give up, I want that baby. And what’s amazing is that baby will have saved my lifeâ€¦Now I truly believe that God was looking out for me. Had I gotten pregnant [earlier], a few years down the line I could be a lot sicker.”